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Czech cities demand Poland take back smuggled hazardous waste

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Christian Fernsby |
Europe   Bohumín

Thousands of litres of chemicals from Poland, dumped in bordering Czech towns, are threatening to make relations between the two countries toxic.

The local authorities have turned to the Ministry of the Environment for help but Poland who struggles with such waste from western European countries does not seem eager to take it back.

The Czech police have accused one Czech and 15 Poles of illegally bringing hazardous waste to the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic, the website iDnes reports.

According to the report, thousands of litres of dangerous chemicals are being illegally stored in the towns of Frýdek-Místek and Bohumín.

“The investigation clearly shows that waste producers, both companies and individuals, are from Poland. Therefore, we asked the Ministry of Environment to intervene, approach the Polish side and return the waste to the country of its origin, Poland, according to European directives”, Deputy Mayor of Bohumín Lumír Macura said.

Barrels with about 150,000 litres of hazardous waste were placed in storage there, leased by a private owner, who has no money to dispose of them.

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