Antwerp beach closed in pollution scare

7th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 August 2006, BRUSSELS — The Sint-Anna Beach in Antwerp was sealed off to the public on Monday after small plastic balls possibly containing the heavy cadmium washed ashore on Sunday afternoon.

7 August 2006

BRUSSELS — The Sint-Anna Beach in Antwerp was sealed off to the public on Monday after small plastic balls possibly containing the heavy cadmium washed ashore on Sunday afternoon.

It is not yet certain who is responsible for the pollution on the beach on the Antwerp 'left bank' of the Schelde River.

Samples of the material inside the plastic balls have been taken away for testing, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.

The authority Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV is in charge of cleaning up the pollution.
 
Some of the plastic balls were removed from the beach on Monday, but the work could not be completed due to the rising tide.

The clean-up operation is expected to continue for the rest of the week.

The beach will remain closed to the public for the duration of the operation.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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