EPA turns investigation to origins of RRC asbestos

Resource Recovery Centre

Resource Recovery Centre

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will now investigate how asbestos got into crushed concrete that was sold at the Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) in Moss Vale.

Council has been issued with a Notice to Provide Information and/or Records by the EPA in relation to asbestos found at the RRC.

Last year council reported that a small amount of asbestos was confirmed through routine laboratory testing in a sample of crushed concrete at the RRC

Since the announcement council continued to liaise with the NSW EPA and comply with their Clean-Up Notice issued on August 5.

The initial focus of this notice, supported by the EPA, centred on the remediation of 24 affected properties.

As remediation draws to close, council has been advised by the EPA that attention will now shift to investigating how the material came to contaminate the aggregate that was produced and sold from the RRC.

The EPA will conduct the investigation to determine whether there has been breaches of environment protection licence 10300 and the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (the POEO Act).

As part of this investigation the EPA has issued Council with the Notice to Provide Information and/or Records under Section 191 of the POEO Act.

Council’s General Manager Ann Prendergast said she was pleased the EPA had proceeded to undertake this investigation having previously allowed council to progress unhindered with the remediation of affected properties prior to the issuing of any statutory notices.

A council spokesman said it would continue to fully cooperate with the EPA and as per the Notice will provide all records and information by September 15.

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