Tarago residents who have signed up for lead testing have been encouraged to contact Transport NSW if they are feeling unwell or are in mandatory isolation to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Transport for NSW offered Tarago residents free property and blood tests in response to lead contamination concerns. Earlier this month it was revealed they had known about lead contamination at the rail siding since 2015. The Tarago community was first informed of this issue late last month.
A Transport NSW spokesperson said that as of March 20, 30 property owners had registered for property testing and 19 households had requested blood testing.
They said blood tests would be carried out in consultation with individual GPs.
Property testing will involve examining soil, external and internal dust, paint, and drinking water.
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As at March 12, 75 residents had signed up for property and blood testing to check lead levels.
Transport for NSW plans to hold a community drop-in session in early April. Members of the community will also have the option to book telephone appointments with specialists.
Registered residents have been requested to advise Transport for NSW if any of the following apply to anyone living in their home:
- If any resident of the property are feeling unwell
- If any resident of of the property have recently returned from overseas travel and you are now in 14 days self-isolation
- If any resident of the property have been in contact with any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
If any of the above apply, Transport NSW will work with residents to reschedule their inspection
For more information or to register details for testing, people can contact 02 4907 7525 or JHRcorres@transport.nsw.gov.au.
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