Asbestos Discovery Halts Australian Clean Tech Hub Development

Plans for a proposed “clean-tech hub” in the southern Australian city of Adelaide have hit a snag after widespread asbestos was found on an important building site, according to The Australian.

The Government has promised $125M for a project that would build the most advanced sustainable technologies site in Australia. Included in the project is $32.5m for the former Mitsubishi Motors Australia vehicle assembly plant, but asbestos problems at the building have caused developers to scrap demolition plans and reuse the plant’s basic structure instead.

“The committee member, who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions from the government, said the structure had an asbestos roof, floors and sheeting, and recladding,” The Australian reported “The government has promised to clean up the asbestos, but the government has already been told that asbestos has been buried on the site in the past.

“A government spokesman yesterday conceded the extent of asbestos contamination was unknown, and would be ‘approached on a stage-by-stage basis’. There was a ‘ballpark estimate’ of the cost involved in addressing the problem, but he would not reveal the amount.”

Public officials claim that they have not commissioned an environmental risk assessment and that planning will be put back at least three months.

Many people who have worked in the automotive industries, as well as those who have performed work on their own vehicles, may have an increased risk of asbestos exposure. Exposure to asbestos is considered the primary risk factor for developing malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive form of asbestos cancer.

If you have ever worked in the automotive industry – particularly assembling brakes and clutches – it is vital to have regular check-ups and note any symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, nagging cough, chest pains, or mysterious weight loss. These may be symptoms of any number of conditions, but if it should be mesothelioma, it is especially important to catch this deadly form of asbestos cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable.

Because all states have a statute of limitations on legal actions in tort cases, it’s also important to contact an experienced mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible after a diagnosis has been confirmed.a