Asbestos detected in three new locations outside of park

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A December audit report of the site found contaminants including asbestos, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and toxic heavy metals 30 cm under the soil around the site. The same audit warned that asbestos may be present in the capping layer between the soil and the park’s surface.

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The audit said the capped soil would need to be inspected every six months to ensure the site was safe.

Transport for NSW secretary Josh Murray previously said early inquiries indicated the mulch had been limited in its use outside of Rozelle, though warned the mulch is commercially available and widely used.

Murray has declined to identify the brand or specific product, though specified the mulch was recycled, which contains a variety of materials.

More than 85 samples from Rozelle Parklands and surrounding areas relating to the Rozelle Interchange Project have been tested by independent contamination and remediation experts, of which 13 samples returned positive results for traces of bonded asbestos.

Further analysis will be completed in the coming days, the government said.

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