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Orica wants to dump toxic waste in France

Staff writer ▼ | May 30, 2014
Australian chemical company Orica has applied for permission to send toxic waste to France, reports L’Express.fr.
Orica toxic waste
Orica toxic wasteAustralian chemical company Orica has applied for permission to send toxic waste to France, reports L’Express.fr.


Allegedly, the company has been trying to get rid of its toxic waste for years. Orica Limited, an Australia-based multinational corporation, announced on May 27 that they have applied for permission to send a load of highly toxic waste to France. The company has been trying to manage its waste for years as they claim they have no means to dispose of it in Australia.

The group owns 15,000 tons of hexachlorobenzene (HCB) which is suspected of being carcinogenic for humans and has been banned within the European Community since 1981. Sometimes it is destroyed by incineration.

Australia is not able to destroy this kind of waste due to a lack of infrastructure. The country had already applied to several European countries to ask for permission to send their highly toxic waste for disposal. The application was refused by both Denmark and Germany.

Orica has applied to Tredi, a French company that has the equipment necessary for the destruction of toxic waste.


 

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