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NSW EPA investigates asbestos in Rozelle Parklands

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is continuing its investigation into the discovery of bonded asbestos in mulch at the Rozelle Parklands in the Sydney suburb, and has issued a draft Clean Up Notice to Transport for NSW to formalise the removal of all contaminated mulch from the site.

In addition to testing done by Transport for NSW and the contractor John Holland, the EPA has done extensive sampling and is currently having those samples tested. We expect to have those results available on Monday 15 January.

The EPA has also visited the supplier of the mulch and has issued the supplier with a formal notice to provide the EPA with information and records. While very early advice was that the mulch used at Rozelle Parklands has not been used elsewhere, our investigation will include a review of all records pertaining to this batch of mulch.

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Acting CEO, Nancy Chang, said the EPA is concerned about the discovery of bonded asbestos at the parklands and is taking strong action to establish the source and ensure the mulch is removed as soon as possible.

“We are working as quickly as possible with the contractor, supplier and Transport for NSW to ascertain how asbestos came to be in the mulch and whether any other sites may be impacted,” Chang said.

“While the asbestos that’s been found at Rozelle Parklands is bonded asbestos and is considered low risk to the environment and human health, our investigation will remain a priority and we will work with Transport for NSW to ensure the park can open to the public as soon as possible.

“We understand the community concerns about this issue, and we are pleased Transport for NSW has acted quickly to inform us and begin work to remediate the site.”

The EPA’s investigation is ongoing, and we will provide updates as they become available.

The EPA will issue a final Clean Up Notice to Transport for NSW on Monday.


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