Greenpeace counts the cost of river pollution

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Cleaning up polluted riverbeds has cost the Dutch tax payer between two and three billion euros over the past 25 years, according to research carried out by the environmental organisation Greenpeace.

Most of the money was spent on dredging contaminated sludge from the waterways. The large depots needed to store the resulting waste also cost money. The pollution was caused by companies dumping toxic waste into rivers. The practice has been illegal since the 1980s.

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