Asbestos dumping increasing in South Australia

Illegal dumping of asbestos is a growing concern in South Australia’s regional areas, according to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

A report from ABC News said that EPA paid for the clean-up of a hydrocarbon spill in Red Creek between Port Pirie and Port Germein in April.

Tony Williams from EPA’s illegal dumping unit says the incident is not an isolated case.

“It is something that’s very frustrating,” said Mr Williams.

“We are not set up as the agency to be conducting clean-up of people’s laziness.”

He encouraged people to report dumping if they witness it happening.

“They are criminal offences similar to stealing or assaulting people, so we require the same burden of proof,” says Mr Williams.

“It is difficult to follow some of these things up.”

Mr Williams also said that reports to the unit on illegal dumping in SA are on the rise with most cases related to asbestos dumping.

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