Following the illegal dumping of asbestos in Dungowan Valley, fresh warnings have emerged, informing offenders of the heavy fines or potential incarceration.

One could be fined up to $1 million or jailed for seven years if caught illegally dumping the deadly material.

Most recently a high profile case involved 15 bags of asbestos that was found hidden in long grass in Tamworth.

Tamworth Regional Council’s health and environment manager Ross Briggs revealed that several discoveries of asbestos were made in the area.

The incident reportedly cost the council and the community about $2500 to cover the  investigation and safely remove the asbestos.

“It’s just so irresponsible,” he said. “There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, so anyone who comes into contact with it faces a potential health risk, not to mention the related possible environmental problems.”

Mr Briggs said the council was trying capitalize on last month being Asbestos Awareness Month to try to clear up some common misconceptions regarding the deadly building material.

He said a common misconception is that legal asbestos dumping is prohibitively expensive.

“However, this is not the case,” he said. “The cost for asbestos disposal at Tamworth Waste Management Centre of Forest Rd is as little as $13 for a pre-paid disposal bag.”


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