According to the Gladstone Observer
ASBESTOS has been found on an LNG construction site on Curtis Island.
Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg yesterday confirmed traces of asbestos were detected within the bonded building structure of two containerised switch rooms.
The affected containers were brought in by foreign contractor Metito.
Importing of Asbestos containing materials is also generally prohibited under the Customs Regulations 1956 (Prohibited Imports)
With a few exceptions including:
- goods are raw materials that contain naturally occurring traces of chrysotile;
- or the chrysotile or goods are ‘hazardous waste’ as defined in the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989
Heavy penalties are enforced for companies that knowingly import asbestos containing materials.
In 2008 Alcan Gove Development Pty Ltd were fined $90,000 after being found guilty of knowingly importing equipment that contained asbestos.