20 Jul 2010

Dangerous asbestos litters bush track

PEOPLE'S health is being put at risk because of bureaucratic buck-passing, which has allowed dangerous asbestos to lie in bushland and on tracks used by the public.
Hundreds of pieces of cracked cement and asbestos pipe were discovered nearly two years ago littering a 1km length of track near Baldivis.

The area, which includes a Class A nature reserve, is frequented by hikers, police, four-wheel-drive enthusiasts and workers.

The asbestos was discovered after BHP Billiton carried out maintenance work in the area.

Angry resident Steve Hesse said he contacted BHP for the first time in October 2008, requesting the deadly fibres be disposed of safely.
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