‘We’re not sure’: Residents declare Zwijendrecht and Antwerp in default after PFOS contamination – Belgium

Some residents of Zwijndrecht municipality and the city of Antwerp will send a notice of default to municipal authorities on Friday regarding PFOS contamination in their area. They believe that very few precautions are taken in the Oosterweel factories.

Residents also receive support from Greenpeace and Bond Beter Leefmilieu (BBL). This was stated by the local working group Fundamental Rights.

“We are not opponents of Oosterweel, but we demand adequate safeguards for our health,” said a statement from the Foundation for Fundamental Rights. “If our municipal authorities don’t act to protect our health, maybe we should do it ourselves.”

Residents and environmental organizations report that the work in progress is done on highly polluted soil and that this may pose risks to the local population. As long as it is not independently determined that there are no dangers to the neighborhood, and that state of the artThe standards and techniques used, we’re unsure, says company spokeswoman Mickey Wendy of Grundrecht.

Oosterweel permits

Specifically, residents question the standards used in Oosterweel permits and believe that there are few guarantees that filling in contaminated soil is a sustainable method and prevents the release or leakage of pollution.

They say they are also concerned that Oosterweel’s business will ensure that the pollution cannot be addressed in the long term. Finally, they are also concerned about transporting the most contaminated soil to 3M’s premises and storing it there.

Residents also receive support from Greenpeace and Bond Beter Leefmilieu (BBL). This was reported by the local working group Grondrecht. “We are not opposed to Oosterweel, but we demand that adequate safeguards be given for our health,” says a statement from Grondrecht. “If our municipal authorities don’t act to protect our health, maybe we should do it ourselves.” Residents and environmental organizations report that the work in progress is done on highly polluted soil and that this may pose risks to the local population. “We don’t feel reassured until it is independently confirmed that there are no neighborhood hazards and that the latest standards and technology are used,” says spokeswoman Micky Wendy from Grundrecht. Specifically, residents question the standards used in Oosterweel permits and believe that there are few guarantees that filling in contaminated soil is a sustainable method and prevents the release or leakage of pollution. They say they are also concerned that Oosterweel’s business will ensure that the pollution cannot be addressed in the long term. Finally, they are also concerned about transporting the most contaminated soil to 3M’s premises and storing it there.

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