The former Union Carbide site at Rhodes made pesticides and other chemicals. The group of chemicals known as dioxins were a by-product of this process.
Waste containing these chemicals was used in the past to fill areas across the peninsula and in Homebush Bay. The company undertaking the clean-up of this waste in soil and the bay commenced on-site in August 2005. The clean-up is expected to be completed in late 2008.
The land will be redeveloped for residential and commercial use.
NSW Health is working with other agencies to ensure that the clean-up is carried out with minimal impact on surrounding communities, and to ensure that the land is fit for residential and recreational uses once the clean-up is complete.
NSW Health has undertaken a variety of actions, including consultation with the community of Rhodes peninsula and surrounding areas. Here are details about the outcomes from the community liaison:
We have also presented slideshows to the Rhodes Community/Health Liaison Group, explaining how NSW Health is involved in the Rhodes Peninsula Remediation project:
A further outcome of the community liaison is the Rhodes Serum Dioxin Study, which is monitoring dioxin levels in the community during the remediation.
More information about the study: