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Dust cloud returns, this time to Sanem
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Dust cloud returns, this time to Sanem

02.10.2014 From our online archive
A power plant has come under fire again after another residential area was given a coating of mysterious dust, thought to be caused by its operations.
Autoschäden durch Umwelteinwirkung, Foto: Ann Sophie Lindström Lackschäden, Schwefelwolke, Staub, Twinerg

A power plant has come under fire again after another residential area was given a coating of mysterious dust, thought to be caused by its operations.

Twinerg, a plant generating power from gas based in Esch-sur-Alzette, hit the headlines at the beginning of September when red dust deposits from its chimney was found on nearby cars and properties.

On Thursday, the Luxembourg government released a press release saying that small deposits of dust have been found again, this time in Sanem.

“The Environment Agency (AEV) was yesterday informed about a small deposit of dust around rue Michel Rodange and rue Siegfried in Sanem,” it said, adding: “The AEV responded immediately by sending a letter of warning to the operator "Twinerg" urging the latter to provide as soon as possible and before the power plant is restarted a detailed report on the origins of the phenomenon, its consequences, the measures taken to overcome them and those taken to prevent their recurrence.”

Twinerg has two weeks in which to send this report. In the meantime, people are urged to thoroughly wash fruit and vegetables picked from the area before eating them.

Analysis of the last incident revealed that the red dust posed no risk to public health or the environment. The residue was composed of rust particles, oxidised by sulfuric acid.

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