Mine repurposing group calls for asbestos strategy
The group Great Latrobe Park is calling for a coordinated strategy by the state government for the dumping of asbestos from redundant Latrobe Valley power stations and other industries.
President Nina Burke said dumping cells around the coal mines will limit their potential use when they are re-purposed in the future.
"Eventually, massive amounts of asbestos from redundant power stations and other industrial, commercial and domestic sources in the Latrobe Valley will have to be disposed of," Ms Burke said.
"There is a great risk that the disposal of each of the individual asbestos sources may be handled completely independently of each other. This could, all too easily, lead to the Latrobe Valley becoming increasingly littered with lots of separate asbestos dumps each sterilizing their affected areas and preventing other productive uses."
Great Latrobe Park said Premier Daniel Andrews announced the establishment of a task force to manage asbestos waste almost six months ago.