Romania returns 'illegal' toxic waste to France

2nd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

BUCHAREST, Feb 2 (AFP) - Romania has sent back to France a first shipment of 20 tonnes of toxic chemical waste that had been imported illegally into the country, the environment ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

BUCHAREST, Feb 2 (AFP) - Romania has sent back to France a first shipment of 20 tonnes of toxic chemical waste that had been imported illegally into the country, the environment ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

The shipment Tuesday is the first of what are to be a total of 100 tonnes of waste sent back in 404 containers.

A Romanian firm in Arad in the west of the country had imported the waste in February 2004, disguising it as raw material as the French company was apparently using Romania as an inexpensive way to dispose of the waste.

"French authorities as well as officials in the transit countries Hungary, Austria and Gemany, cooperated in an exemplary manner in helping the Romanian government solve this problem," the minister said.

© AFP

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