Wollongong City Council looks to tighten rules on asbestos, lead and dust contamination

This building site, at Parkes Street Helensburgh, came under question earlier this year when residents raised health concerns about the smell of chemicals and run off.
This building site, at Parkes Street Helensburgh, came under question earlier this year when residents raised health concerns about the smell of chemicals and run off.

Changes to the way Wollongong council manages pollution and contaminated land across the city will be open for public comment for the next month.

The council reviewed five chapters of its development guidelines, relating to waste, contamination and disposal of hazardous materials.

According to the report on exhibition, the council has been working with NSW Health and the Environmental Protection Agency since 2015 to improve the way it manages health concerns relating to lead and heavy metals.

Some of the changes put forward include a broadening of the definition of hazardous materials. Instead of just focusing on potentially deadly asbestos fibres, the chapter on hazardous materials management will include controls on contaminated dust, lead paint and synthetic, chlorinated compounds called “polychlorinated bephenyls”.

The changes suggested would also strengthen controls on erosion and sediments at construction sites.

Earlier this year, the council’s policies were criticised by Helensburgh residents who raised concerns about odour and run off at a Parkes Street building site.

The Development Control Plan review on contaminated lands will be on public exhibition until August 18.

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