EMERGENCY works to remove exposed rubbish from a former Stockton tip site on Crown Lands began this week.
While the majority of the previously exposed section of the former tip is on land owned by Hunter Water, large swells exposed a new area that is the responsibility of NSW Crown Lands in June.
The state government provided $1 million in emergency funding to clean up the site and the work, being overseen by Hunter Water, is expected to take three weeks.
It will involve the removal of exposed waste from approximately 20 metres of beach front, stretching back 16 metres. The site will be cut three metres deep.
Contractor, Enviropacific, will remove more than 1600 tonnes of historic waste and dispose of it at Summerhill Waste Management Centre.
The site will be progressively covered with geo-fabric as the waste is removed. It will then be capped and revegetated.
Due to the inherent hazards of disturbing asbestos, workers on site will be wearing full personal protective equipment for their safety, a Hunter Water spokesman said.
The site will be fenced and signposted for public safety, and the air monitored. Hunter Water asks for public cooperation in staying away from the site until rectification works are complete for their own safety.
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