The Environmental Protection Authority and NSW Health will respond to health concerns raised by residents after revelations that the Tomerong Quarry imported asbestos and other carcinogenic materials.
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South Coast MP Shelley Hancock organised a closed meeting, where EPA and Health Department representatives and Shoalhaven Council staff heard the concerns of Tomerong community members on Wednesday.
“The upshot of that is there will be a meeting on site at Tomerong with the EPA and Health department,” Shoalhaven Cr John Levett said.
“They will take soil samples, and do spot checks of various sites.
“New information has come forward, there may be more asbestos buried on site. They will look at that.
“They also plan to randomly test water tanks and driveways for hazardous materials and minerals.
“It is a good outcome for the community.”
Tomerong community forum president Peter Allison said until tests are conducted, locals live in fear of contamination.
“There are women buying boxes of water because they don’t want their families drinking from the water tanks,” he said.
“Children are not allowed to play near the road, because they don’t know what’s actually in it.”
Cr Levett said council staff copped heavy criticism for not monitoring operations at the quarry closely enough.
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