Clean-up of asbestos fragments in Waimakariri red zone

Posted 19 Sep 2016 by GovtCera Popular

Clean-up of asbestos fragments in Waimakariri red zone

 

Press Release: Land Information New Zealand
Clean-up of asbestos fragments in Waimakariri red zone

Source: Land Information NZ

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Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has organised a specialist clean-up team to remove low levels of asbestos found along property boundaries in the red-zoned areas of Kaiapoi, Kairaki Beach and Pines Beach.

Experts have advised that the risk of exposure to the public and contractors is low, however the team will be taking all proper safety precautions during this work, including wearing protective gear and respirators.

We’ve also been advised that limited public activity in the fenced-off area, such as dog-walking, has a low potential of disturbing any fibres.

To further reduce the risk, specialists will remove suspected asbestos from ungrassed areas in the Waimakariri red zone.

"We’ll be working with contractors to start the clean-up - so don’t be alarmed if you see people in protective suits in the area," says Jeremy Barr, LINZ Group Manager Canterbury Recovery.

"Our inspections found small fragments of asbestos were concentrated along fences and borders of properties, indicating the fragments are not necessarily a result of demolition but can also be contributed to historical land-uses common in many areas of the country."

Work will be carried out from 19 September and should take about a week.

Asbestos air-testing will also be conducted, and LINZ will make the results public.

"Residential red zone continues to be monitored regularly as part of LINZ’s maintenance programme," Barr said.

"Working with Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Waimakariri District Council, the Tonkin and Taylor Soil Contamination Investigation Report identifying the asbestos fragments was commissioned to assist the Preliminary Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan - a copy is available on the Council’s website."

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