Miners urged to help WA asbestos clean-up

WA’s Aboriginal Affairs minister has called on CSR and Hancock Prospecting to contribute to any future clean-up at the former asbestos mining town of Wittenoom.

The companies that created the most contaminated site in the southern hemisphere should stump up cash to help clean it up, West Australian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt says.

In the 1930s, Lang Hancock and his business partner Peter Wright established blue asbestos mining and processing operations at Wittenoom in the Pilbara region, which were bought by CSR in 1943.

When work ceased in 1966, about three million tonnes of tailings were left behind, and asbestos fibres have since blown far and wide.

Read more on this story at: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/miners-urged-to-help-wa-asbestos-clean-up

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