Items removed from HMAS Adelaide after the first scuttle attempt on 27 March 2010 following NSAG legal action:read the complete newsletter here
23 000 square metres of fibreglass insulation that tested positive for PCBs. Download PCB test results 48/61 items tested positive for PCBs. 28 items tested at 10 mg/kg or higher 23 000 square metres of painted canvas covering
Over two tonnes of electrical cable that tested positive for PCBs
All polyurethane insulation foam from coolrooms
Over 200 junction boxes
Only ‘exfoliating’ lead paint. Download lead paint test results.
'The additional works to comply with the Tribunal orders were completed in March 2011...Over 44 tonnes of insulation was removed, which took 25 truckloads to take away for safe disposal.'
Excerpt from State governtment Environment Fact sheet about HMAS Adelaide
Items remaining on the vessel when it was dumped on 13 April 2011:
• 4 tonnes anti fouling paint
• 9 tonnes lead based paint containing up to 2.3 tonnes pure lead (lead content averages 28%)
• Paint on the aluminium superstructure contains Hexavalent Chromium
• Large amount of plastics in fittings and furniture that is destined to become marine debris
• Linoleum floorings
• Asbestos cladding on walls, ceilings and fixtures