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Asbestos disaster fears

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JERSEY'S hazardous stockpile of asbestos could be 'dispersed all over the Island' if there was a major explosion at La Collette, an environmental campaigner has warned.

Just days after Islanders feared the worst when the emergency evacuation siren sounded at the industrial site, Transport Minister Kevin Lewis has told the JEP that 217 shipping containers of potentially cancer-causing asbestos are sitting just a few hundred metres from the site where most of the Island's highly flammable fuel stocks are stored.

As a result, Save our Shoreline campaigner David Cabeldu has urged the authorities to use Thursday's false alarm as a wake- up call to sort out the problem of the asbestos, which has been stockpiled following years of political deadlock over its disposal.

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