Sydney school, supermarket tainted with asbestos as crisis widens

February 19, 2024

SYDNEY -- Seven more public sites in Sydney, including a school, sports hub and supermarket, were exposed to asbestos, authorities said on Monday, as the contamination of the toxic material widened and officials rushed to remove it from public spaces. Traces of bonded asbestos in mulch have been found in 41 spots scattered across Australia's most populous city since early January when it was found in a playground. Authorities have so far cordoned off areas in parks, some in popular tourist spots, and closed two schools. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day event scheduled for Feb. 18, which usually draws hundreds of thousands of revellers, was cancelled. Asbestos became popular in the late 19th century as a way to reinforce cement and for fire-proofing, but research later found the inhalation of asbestos fibres could cause lung inflammation and cancer.

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