Hunter man told to expect $1 million asbestos clean-up bill

A Hunter region man has been told to expect a $1 million clean-up notice in the mail after a flood mound on his property was found to be contaminated with asbestos.

Michael Corling runs a boarding kennel in the Lower Hunter and wanted to build his dream home on the site.

But it turned into a nightmare when the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) showed up a month before construction was due to start, to break some bad news to him.

“I thought everything was squared away, that every single truckload that came in had weighbridge records and certificates for the material,” he said.

“The next thing they said to me was ‘what would you say if we told you we’ve got information that the material you’ve been receiving is contaminated with asbestos?'”

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