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Treatment of Probo Koala waste will take months

3 January 2007 – The toxic waste carried by the Probo Koala will be treated in Salaise-sur-Sanne, fifty kilometres south of Lyon. The treatment will take months, reports Le Monde. The arrival of the toxic waste has alarmed the local population, but the mayor says there is no cause for concern.

Local action group Vivre suspects the Trédi chemical company, which will treat the waste, of higher dioxin emissions than permitted. The company says that the norms have been slightly exceeded last year, but that this problem has been dealt with.

According to Jacky Crouail, the Communist mayor of Salaise, the treatment of the Probo Koala waste will pose no problem. “The waste is banal. It is the affair which is not”.

Originally, the Probo Koala waste was to be treated in the Netherlands, but because of the high costs the ship left Amsterdam in July 2006. The waste was then dumped in Ivory Coast, causing the death of ten people. The removal and the treatment of the waste will cost 30 million euros. Because Ivory Coast cannot pay this, the United Nations have created a solidarity fund.

Both the Amsterdam alderwoman Marijke Vos and State Secretary Pieter van Geel have been criticised for allowing the ship to leave despite its toxic cargo. The matter is still under investigation.

Source: Le Monde


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