It amuses me how people get excited about an event that was well known at the time years later as though they had discovered the ark of the lost covenant
And if you are to believe the OHS cardigans, asbestos has similar face-melting properties to that mythical relic...
Yep, those OHS numpties have nothing to worry about digging up buried material that includes asbestos that would further fragment as part of the extraction process and of course no one living nearby would be worried about the airborne transmission of fibres into the air.
Remember we are not talking about bonded asbestos, this is friable. These cars had blue and white friable asbestos (depending when they were manufactured). This is like the material used old boiler insulation. It does require knowledgeable and skilled people. It is not like unscrewing a fibro sheet off an old house.
It is very possible to recover, but to infer that OHS is over reacting with asbestos, you are welcome to go for it, but don't drag in others with an attitude "she'll be right".....
I do agree that people hide behind OHS to create bureaucracy so they can say no or to add cost in many instances, they just display a poor understanding of risk and having a balanced appetite for it. However asbestos in this country deservedly has a very poor history and understandably we have ended up where the attitude is that it has "face-melting properties" with people that don't understand the risks.
The industry has itself to blame for that, as it wasn't exactly very responsible (down right deceptive) and it took a major movement for it in the end, before they owned that responsibility.
As to the cars, they were buried as the cost to clean up all of them outweighed the benefits. Yes of course they could be dug up, but I wouldn't want to pick up that tab.