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Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program for Properties Containing Loose-Fill Asbestos

As was heavily reported by the media in 2015, a company known as Mr Fluffy used raw Amosite and Crocidolite asbestos, known as loose-fill asbestos, as ceiling insulation in some ACT and NSW homes in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 28 identified Local Government Areas (LGAs) where Mr Fluffy operated, the NSW Government is […]

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Soil Vapour Assessment

Soil vapour assessment is the investigation of volatile contaminants (i.e. substances that easily evaporated at normal temperatures) present in soils, that pose a risk to human health when inhaled. Volatile contaminants such as petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents may be released to the subsurface environment through accidental spills, leaking of underground tanks and unregulated burial […]

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Illegal dumping of Contaminated Soil/Waste

Illegal dumping of Contaminated Soil or Waste – The very serious criminal offence What is illegal dumping? “Illegal dumping is the placement of waste onto private or public land where no license or approval exists to accept such waste. It varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of […]

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Identifying Asbestos within the Home

Given the prevalence of asbestos use in a wide-range of Australian buildings prior to its ban in December 2003, it can be difficult to know the full extent of products in which it was used. In order to ensure that all residents are better informed, this aims to better equip people to successfully identify where […]

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Asbestos – What do you really know?

Firstly, what is asbestos? Asbestos is a natural occurring silica compound; simply put, a natural material found in rock just like coal. It was primarily used in the building/construction industry due to its high flame retardant properties. Asbestos is a word that often causes a lot of confusion and concern for people, but what do […]

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