Search for toxic waste in Dutch Poison District

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The basis of Dordrecht neighborhood with 800 homes will be examined for the presence of toxins.

The basis of Dordrecht neighborhood with 800 homes will be examined for the presence of toxins. © anp

 

Dordrecht eight hundred families from the Merwede polder living atop an old landfill where DuPont C8 possible toxic waste from its factory teflon left. The city of Dordrecht begin this week a large research and wants to know if the toxic substance is in that neighborhood in the soil and groundwater. Also this week samples are taken at three other ancient Dordrecht landfills.

“We are seeking the truth about C8”

Hans van der Merwede Lock neighborhood committee Polder

Information evening about the chemical contamination in Dordrecht.

Information evening about the chemical contamination in Dordrecht. © Milan Rinck

Residents who live near the plant, welcomed the research. ,, We are seeking the truth about C8, ” says Hans van der Merwede Lock neighborhood committee Polder. ,, Nothing should be swept under the carpet. The landfill was in the past, wild west. There is a lot weggekieperd. ” Groundwater The project is part of a nationwide investigation of perfluorinated compounds in the Dutch groundwater. Harmful and very persistent and can seep into drinking water sources or surface water. Researchers from Witteveen + Bos Consultancy TTE and Arcadis to know the nature and extent of the pollution.Among others, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and RIVM participate. Dordrecht has chosen to kick off because of all the turmoil surrounding the DuPont plant and C8, says Arne Alphenaar TTE Consultants.