It has been reported that the dumping of dangerous asbestos waste at three cemeteries in London, UK, has sparked a full scale investigation. The three cemeteries at which the asbestos contaminated building waste was found buried were in South London, and were Camberwell Old, Camberwell New and Nunhead cemeteries.

Reports claim that the building waste that contained asbestos had been buried at the cemeteries by a disposal company, and it is further claimed that the company had the assistance of a former Southwark council manager to help them to avoid the charges linked to using landfill sites.

A senior official from Southwark Council has now stated: “As soon as the council was aware of the nature of the activity taking place we notified the appropriate regulatory body, the Environment Agency, which is now carrying out a criminal investigation.”

She added: “We are co-operating fully with their investigation. We are determined that those responsible are dealt with. On Monday of this week we started civil proceedings in the High Court against a south London tipping company, its owner and a former manager at Southwark council.”

Asbestos is a known carcinogenic, and can cause a range of health problems through exposure, including scarring of the lungs, respiratory problems, and asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma.

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