Nauru Project Profile – Addressing Legacy ACM: Disposal best practice and establishing appropriate legislation and policies
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- Asbestos-containing materials are a major issue for many Pacific Island countries with a history of use of asbestos containing materials (ACM) in construction. All forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans and inhalation of asbestos fibres that have become airborne can cause serious lung disease. Asbestos poses a significant risk to the people of Nauru. PacWaste undertook the removal, transportation to the temporary storage [organized by the Nauru government], and replacement of the ACM in several Nauru public buildings. Nauru will utilise PacWastePlus investment and assistance to meaningfully engage in the management of asbestos-containing materials through implementation of best practice off-island disposal activities and establishing appropriate legislation and policies for the elimination of the importation of asbestos containing materials