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Misty Mountain, the neighbours called it: a hillock of 33,000 tonnes of waste ridden with asbestos.
Sydney had only recently hosted the Olympic Games when the asbestos was dumped illegally behind a plant nursery in the city’s north-west, on land leased by local woman Misty Wilkie.
Kids from across the street played on top of the tip for years, one neighbour says.
Sixteen years after council found a problem, Misty Mountain is still there, a sign of a system that struggles to make polluters clean up or pay for the potentially deadly messes they leave behind.