Mr. Fluffy abatement progressing according to plan

1 Nov 2017 by under News

534px Australian Capital Territory in Australia zoom 100x100 Mr. Fluffy abatement progressing according to planLoose fill insulation is considered a health hazard due to an increased likelihood of it becoming airborne and being inhaled or ingested. It’s a risk with which the Australian capital of Canberra is all too familiar thanks to Mr. Fluffy loose insulation.

Once used in regional homes in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) beginning in 1968, Mr. Fluffy quickly gained popularity. Eventually the risks associated with asbestos insulation caused the ACT government to try to abate homes insulated with Mr. Fluffy. Millions were spent on the original abatement efforts, and homeowners believed they were returning to a safe house. Fear of Mr. Fluffy reemerged in 2013 after a house that had undergone asbestos removal procedures was found to still contain the deadly insulation, according to The Guardian. The government began abatement efforts once again.

MyMeso previously reported in July the Asbestos Taskforce is three-quarters complete with the current demolition program, and new figures reported by the Australian Broadcasting Company show the Mr. Fluffy asbestos demolition and buyback program is ahead of schedule. Almost 690 of the 917 homes acquired by the territory have been removed from the affected home list, the news source reports, and 360 of those have been sold.

“When we first started out with this program, we didn’t really know how it was going to progress,” Jayne Reece, head of the task force, said. “We’ve refined things as we’ve gone along.”

As the program becomes more refined and efficient, she explained, costs have decreased and have the project is coming in under its projected budget so far, falling from about $400 million to about $307 million total. The program is expected to enter its final phase in June 2020.

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