EPA approves Asbestos Management Plan for contaminated roads

21 February, 2013Posted in: Roads and Assets

The Environmental Protection Authority has accepted Wingecarribee Shire Council’s proposed Asbestos Management Plan to remediate roads in the Shire which were found to contain suspected asbestos fragments last year.

Following Council’s findings in 2012 that a number of roads had been treated with a material containing suspected asbestos fragments, a thorough investigation was undertaken by an independent asbestos specialist including visual inspections, air quality monitoring and risk assessments.

Late last year Council met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Health and WorkCover NSW to discuss the test results and establish an appropriate Asbestos Management Plan. The resulting plan was submitted to the EPA on 7 November 2012 and was accepted on 5 February 2013 with the request that the plan be made available via Council’s website.

The Asbestos Management Plan, proposed timeline and risk assessment, as submitted to the EPA, are now available on Council’s website: www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/councils-asbestos-management-plan-roads or may be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Counter in the Civic Centre at Moss Vale.

Council has issued letters to all identified property owners to inform them of the approved Asbestos Management Plan.

Residents in the affected areas will also receive notification from Council prior to works commencing on their roads. All work will be undertaken in a safe and approved manner to ensure the safety of residents and workers.

For further information please contact Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Manager Operations, Peter Bowmer on phone 4868 0880.