Asbestos Discovery in Australian Landfill Leads to Exposure Scare

Asbestos containing materials have been discovered at a closed landfill site at Australia’s Shelly Beach (west coast of the country, near Sydney). Local officials have fenced off the area and are contracting professionals to remove the hazardous material.

It has been estimated that “the work will take about three weeks to complete and will be funded from its (the local council’s) $12 million tip rehabilitation fund,” according to The Central Coast Express Advocate.

Locals stopped using the landfill in the 1970s and it has since been paved over and covered by a parking lot. The asbestos discovery poses a problem because they came from areas where the pavement eroded, the council’s contracts and special projects manager Mike Long said.

“The age of this landfill and combined effects of wind and pedestrian movements from the car park to the beach have exposed pieces of buried rubbish from the landfill which include these small pieces of fibre cement sheeting,” he said.

This latest incident follows the discovery of asbestos on another landfill site two about two months ago.

This story highlights the problem of asbestos that was not proberly sealed and stored. Many landfills around the world contain asbestos and asbestos products. Over time, erosion and other factors can lead to incidents of asbestos exposure. If asbestos fibers become airborne, people in surrounding areas could inhale them, causing serious damage to their health.

Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer that is often fatal. People who were exposed to asbestos and suffer from mesothelioma may be eligible for compensation under their local asbestos laws. If you or someone you know suffers from mesothelioma, you should contact one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers to learn your rights.