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Deadly bug risk at dump.

Byline: CAITLIN MACKAY

A COUNCIL rubbish dump has been closed down after it was branded a breeding ground for deadly Legionnaires disease.

Inspectors also discovered dangerous asbestos panelling at "chaotic" Powerhall depot in Edinburgh.

Last night union leaders criticised Edinburgh Council for endangering staff's health.

The Health & Safety Executive report claimed that a filthy water tank provided the ideal breeding ground for "dangerous levels" of legionella bacteria.

The HSE also found cranes at the site were knocking fibres from asbestos panels.

It stated: "The standard of health and safety was nothing short of appalling with a complete absence of any effective health and safety management system."

It claimed risks to employees and the public were "significant".

John Ross of trade union Unison said: "This is an extremely serious situation. The health of our members has been put at risk."
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Date:Aug 6, 2002
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