21 Jul 2008

Asbestos checks after army exercise

6:37 pm on 21 July 2008

A group of soldiers are to be checked for exposure to asbestos after a training exercise at a former freezing works in Manawatu.

The army says it was not told about the asbestos danger at the Manawatu building. It says it will conduct a health survey of those who were at the site.

All future training there has been cancelled and the army will look elsewhere to conduct its urban training.

Meanwhile, Manawatu District Council is threatening legal action if the owner of the former freezing works does not quickly clean up asbestos at the site.

The council's chief building officer, Chris Henry, says a dangerous building notice ordered the site be made safe by last October.

Mr Henry says the owner has one more chance to avoid legal action.