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Asbestos News

Thousands of tons of asbestos found at Australian project site
The proposed site of a new housing development in Australia's capital territory of Canberra has been found to contain tens of thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated soil.

The ACT Planning and Land Authority are currently in the process of determining what should be done with the former landfill site in the Molonglo Valley, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The extent of the asbestos contamination has reportedly caused some consternation among officials, as the deadly mineral could make the cost of the housing project balloon.

"I would not have agreed to this project, the Cabinet would certainly not have approved the project if it had come to us as say a $37, $38, $40 million job," Chief Minister Jon Stanhope told the news source.

David Dawes from the Land and Property Service said that some potential options for the site would be to redesign the development or to abandon the project entirely, reports the news provider.

Exposure to asbestos can cause a number of harmful illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

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