No inquiry into 'illegal rubbish dumping'
5 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The Wallonian Parliament has rejected calls for an inquiry into the alleged dumping of dangerous waste in the French-speaking region of Belgium.
5 July 2006
BRUSSELS — The Wallonian Parliament has rejected calls for an inquiry into the alleged dumping of dangerous waste in the French-speaking region of Belgium.
The majority-rule parties in the parliament's environment commission rejected calls for a parliamentary inquiry by the green Ecolo party.
Ecolo had demanded the inquiry in response to a corruption scandal around the inter-communal rubbish disposal firm ICDI in Charleroi.
ICDI is accused of dumping dangerous waste without approval. Witnesses have even said that asbestos was stored and processed at an ICDI rubbish tip.
Ecolo also claimed that other companies were guilty of irregularities and demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the matter.
But majority parties Socialist PS and Humanist CDH rejected the hypothesis and accused the green party of stirring up a sense of insecurity among the public.
The PS party said existing checks must be strengthened, while the Liberal MR abstained from voting and urged for the establishment of a workgroup to examine the matter.
Meanwhile, disgraced former Charleroi alderman Lucien Cariat has been released from police custody after spending a month and a half behind bars.
But he remains under suspicion of crimes of embezzlement and forgery allegedly committed while he served as ICDI chief.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news