Investigations continue at Herons Creek upgrade offsite

27 April 2012

Testing will start next week on a small section of road near the Herons Creek Public School where soil from the Herons Creek to Stills Road Pacific Highway upgrade was used.

During excavation work on the project around 22 cubic metres of excess top soil was used to restore an area off the side of the road near Herons Creek Public School.

The soil is from an area where earlier this month workers on the Herons Creek to Stills Road project experienced headaches and nausea.

They were sent for medical testing, returned negative results and were cleared to return to work.

Testing to date has indicated the soil is negative for radioactive material, pesticide, hydrocarbon, biphenyl or other metals above health investigation levels.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will test the soil provided to the site near the school as a precautionary measure.

RMS has been in contact with the school and outlined the testing will not impact school activities.

The material adjacent to the school is currently covered with top soil – sourced from another area on site.

“Given this and the existing concrete noise wall, consultants approved by the EPA have advised there is no need to implement an exclusion zone which would include the school grounds,” an RMS spokesperson said.

“However, as a precaution the contamination consultant will test the material.

“Results from the investigation have been progressively coming in since testing began on 4 April 2012 and more investigations and testing are continuing. “RMS and independent specialists are working to get the results finalised for the upgrade and external sites as soon as possible.

“The school will be notified of the results,” the spokesperson said.

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