Minister Lydia Peeters shuts down landfill in Kruibeke after ‘Pano’ report (Kruibeke)

Minister Lydia Peeters shuts down landfill in Kruibeke after ‘Pano’ report (Kruibeke)
Minister Lydia Peeters shuts down landfill in Kruibeke after ‘Pano’ report (Kruibeke)

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Flemish Minister of Public Works Lydia Peeters (Open VLD) has at least temporarily shut down a landfill in Kruibeke. She does this after a ‘Pano’ report which showed that too much uranium and cobalt was discharged into the Scheldt from that landfill. Advice is now being sought from external experts. This is reported by the VRT and the message has been confirmed by the cabinet.

mtmSource: BELGA

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For a while too much toxic waste was discharged into the Scheldt from the landfill on the border of Kruibeke and Zwijndrecht, sometimes via a canal. This was revealed on Wednesday from a report by ‘Pano’. The editors were able to view a report from the environmental inspectorate, which had taken measurements at the landfill site. It states that the applicable standards for beryllium were exceeded 3.5 times, those for uranium 5 times and for cobalt up to 11 times. An official report has been drawn up and the public prosecutor of East Flanders is investigating the case.

The landfill is operated by a public company, De Vlaamse Waterweg, which falls under the authority of Flemish Minister of Public Works Lydia Peeters (Open VLD). Peeters said he was not aware of the official report of the environmental inspection.

“Getting clarity quickly”

The minister immediately asked for a text and explanation from De Vlaamse Waterweg. “I was not aware myself, nor was the board of directors of De Vlaamse Waterweg informed,” says the minister. “I have made it clear that this is not the way it should be,” she says to the VRT. According to the Peeters cabinet, it has also been agreed with De Vlaamse Waterweg that such a thing will no longer be possible in the future.

The minister has also decided to temporarily shut down the landfill. That will take until there is an opinion from external experts who will have to look at whether or not there is a danger to public health. “It was decided today to appoint those experts. The aim is to quickly gain clarity, in particular about the possible risks to public health. “I don’t know whether this situation is serious,” says the minister, “but we cannot take any risks with public health.”

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