Four tons of asbestos removed illegally in Brussels

14th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Brussels public prosecutor says this is the largest amount of asbestos that has been illegally removed in Brussels.

14 August 2008

BELGIUM – Four tons of asbestos were removed illegally during the renovation of an industrial building in Anderlecht in June 2007.

The Brussels public prosecutor says this is the largest amount of asbestos that has been illegally removed in Brussels, reports the Flemish daily De Tijd.

In June 2007, the Brussels Institute for Environmental Management received a tip from a safety coordinator. At a construction site in Anderlecht (address withheld for legal reasons), a large quantity of asbestos had been removed without having taken the necessary safety precautions.

The Brussels public prosecutor's office opened an inquiry and has confirmed the facts: four tons of asbestos was removed illegally and dumped in an unknown place.

Five East European construction workers are thought to have come into contact with the carcinogenic substance without realising it. Only two of the five workers have been tracked down.

The environmental magistrate speaks of the largest case ever in Brussels involving asbestos. The magistrate has drawn up an action plan to tackle the problem of the illegal removal of asbestos.

[flandersnews.be / Expatica]

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