MAYOR Mick Curran has reassured residents there is no health risk from coal ash being stored in an industrial shed on Waddell Rd, on the northern outskirts of Gympie.

The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) is investigating claims that storing the waste in Gympie is illegal because it breaches Coal Reuse's environmental approvals.

The company has denied the allegations and said the ash is in a safe form.

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Mayor Mick Curran didn't know how long the material had been stored in Gympie, but said EHP had briefed the council on Tuesday afternoon.

"There's no threat to personal health or certainly any environmental issues," Cr Curran said.

"It was obviously a concern when we first heard about it, but obviously after the briefing with the Department of Environment and Heritage, we've certainly had any fears allayed as to the toxicity and any dangers that it may have caused people."

He said the ash was intended to be used for making paint.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service public health physician Dr Andrew Langley said the current storage conditions presented no risk to the public.

Coal Reuse, if found guilty of the breaches, could face fines totalling $7.5 million.

Gympie Times


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