Asbestos found at Auckland park

AMY MAAS
Last updated 11:25 15/11/2012

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A part of an Auckland park has been cordoned off today after building material containing asbestos was found dumped at the site.

Auckland Council confirmed a section of Glendowie Park was cordoned off after the harmful material was found.

However, the amount found posed a "low-risk to human health", a spokesman said.

Around 80 cubic metres of topsoil fill was recently taken to the park to be used for levelling and landscaping. The fill was sourced from a private property.

The asbestos was solid and not in a crumbly or dusty state.

"We believe the material in this fill to present a low-risk to human health as it is in solid form," council local sports parks manager Mark Bowater, said.
 
"We will ensure that residents and the local community are kept informed. We have sought medical advice and ensured the health authorities are informed."

Council staff have also visited the local primary school to inform staff and parents.

Tests will be carried out on the material.

Asbestos poses a risk to health when it is inhaled as a fine dust. When it is inhaled, fine fibres may be deposited in the lungs.

There are a number of diseases associated with asbestos, including scarring of the lung tissue, malignant tumours or cancers around the lungs or intestines, thickening of membranes around the lungs and in some cases, lung cancer.

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