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Asbestos mulch found at primary school

The NSW environment protection authority (EPA) has found  the presence of bonded asbestos mulch at Liverpool West Public School.


The EPA identified the primary school as a priority site for testing after its investigation revealed asbestos mulch from the same manufacturer that supplied mulch to the Rozelle Interchange and Transport Infrastructure sites had been used at the school.

NSW EPA Chief Executive Tony Chappel outlines the process that was undertaken to address the issue.

“On Friday afternoon (9 February), I was advised the school was a potential site. As a result, our officers and a licensed asbestos assessor were sent out first thing Saturday morning to test and this afternoon, we were notified that one sample contained a single piece of bonded asbestos,” he said.

Chappel said the EPA was concerned by the results and would be working around the clock to ensure the safety of the school community.

“We understand that finding asbestos at a school is extremely concerning for families and we are working as quickly as possible to get to the bottom of this situation,” he said.

The EPA has conducted more than 100 tests at sites across Sydney, with thirteen samples returning a positive result for bonded asbestos, which NSW Health advises is low risk to public health.

 

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