MOSQUITO HILL – The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating the illegal dumping of nearly a tonne of asbestos at Mosquito Hill.
Thirty plastic bags printed with ‘asbestos waste’ and sealed with grey adhesive duct tape, along with another five packages wrapped in black plastic sheeting and sealed with the tape, were discovered in a nature strip at the intersection of Kokoda Road and Goolwa Road by a walker on Wednesday, May 24.
It is believed the 900 kilograms of waste was dumped sometime between Monday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 24, and the EPA is asking anyone with information about who put it there to come forward.
EPA investigations manager Stephen Barry said the quantity of asbestos and the way it was wrapped suggested a professional removalist was involved with the offence.
“Asbestos is a hazardous material and it is very fortunate in this case that the material was sealed and found by a quick-thinking member of the public who called the EPA,” he said.
“Had someone opened or handled the material, they could have been exposed to dangerous fibres.”
EPA staff opened the bags under controlled conditions and found material consistent with broken up pipework and underground pit walls.
The material has since been removed from the scene. The site was cleared of any more asbestos.
“If someone has had asbestos removed at their home or business recently, and the type of material, amount and timeframe answers the description of the asbestos which was found, please contact us as it may help us locate the offender,” Mr Barry said.
Anyone with information can call the EP 24 hour phone number on 8204 2004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fines up to $120,000 and up to two years’ imprisonment may be handed to offenders; this increases to $500,000 and four years’ imprisonment if the environment is damaged. Corporations can face up to $250,000 and $2 million in fines.