Access to a Southland beach in New Zealand was recently prohibited after an asbestos-containing material was discovered on the shore.
Marine Debris Tests Positive for Asbestos
On March 24, the Department of Conservation was alerted about the material on the beach. The authorities took precautionary measures by blocking off the area near the Ocean Beach until they were able to establish an appropriate course of action. Environment Southland compliance technical team leader Graeme Mckenzie later confirmed that the substance was tested positive to contain asbestos.
Despite the wide ban on the use of asbestos, there are still innumerable cases of asbestos fly-tipping or illegal disposal of the carcinogen material across Australia and New Zealand — and the beach that is frequented by recreational fishermen and divers is not an exception.
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