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Environmental group warns of Belval steel plant pollution
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Environmental group warns of Belval steel plant pollution

16.12.2013 From our online archive
The south Luxembourg branch of environmental group Mouvement Écologique has demanded action to curb emissions at the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Belval, saying that it permanently exceeds pollution limits.

(CS) The south Luxembourg branch of environmental group Mouvement Écologique has demanded action to curb emissions at the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Belval, saying that it permanently exceeds pollution limits.

Between 2009 and 2011, the plant had received special permission by the Sustainable Development Ministry to burn old tyres in its furnaces in Belval. A committee was installed to monitor the situation.

The committee measured no additional pollution during this time and issued a permanent permission to burn tyres at the plant under certain conditions. It was also decided that the monitoring committee should be continued.

According to the Mouvement Écologique pollution measurements from June 2013, however, show that several limits are regularly being breached, especially carcinogenic pollutant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), total organic carbon (TOC), sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide.

In a press statement the group claims that on a daily basis the plant issues two to seven times the allowed amount of these pollutants.

Additionally, there are high levels of lead, cadmium and zinc are measured in the environs of the plant, for example in vegetables grown at a nearby community garden.

The Mouvement Écologique has demanded immediate action by the Environment Ministry to analyse pollution, find its causes and force ArcelorMittal to undertake measures to curb their emissions to acceptable levels.

The group has teamed up with local initiative “Stop Dioxin” in its government appeal.