Asbestos ‘repairs’ will leave a disgraceful legacy
Port Hills MP
9 January 2013
Asbestos ‘repairs’ will leave
a disgraceful legacy
MP Ruth Dyson has called for an urgent response from the
Government following news that asbestos in the ceilings of more than
4000 earthquake damaged homes will be left encased behind
plasterboard rather than removed.
“We have watched the
tragic trail of events which culminated in the huge loss of
life with the CTV building collapse. Now, we are witnessing
the beginning of another trail, one that unless it is dealt
with sensibly, looks set to become a potentially fatal
“EQC has stated that a working group, chaired by
an independent health and safety consultant, developed its
asbestos policy. That person needs to be publicly
accountable for this latest decision and should, at the very
least, be named.
“The agency further said it was
following the relevant guidelines by encasing the asbestos.
This is incorrect. The practice is a direct contravention
of the guidelines.
“EQC are notifying the current
property owners of this policy of encasement, giving the
owners no choice of removal. That in itself is unfair.
However, future owners will receive no official notification
of the exercise and that is worse than unfair.
obviously about saving money, but at what cost? It is
risking lives. The practice must stop.”
She said a
register should be established to identify all homes which
have encased asbestos, with those properties remaining on
the register until the asbestos was removed.
in leadership positions need to be accountable for their
decisions and the consequences of their actions. The
Government needs to step up and do something about this
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