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Malaysia finds 1,800 tonnes of illegal toxic waste dumped in port

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 20, 2020
Malaysia has discovered 110 containers of illegally dumped toxic waste in what authorities are calling "the biggest finding of its kind" in the country's history, according to state media Bernama.
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The containers were dumped last month at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, in Johor state, Bernama reported on Sunday. Inside was 1,864 tonnes of electric arc furnace dust (EAFD) a hazardous byproduct of steel production, containing toxic elements such as lead and chromium.

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They were brought into the country from Romania and falsely declared as concentrated zinc, officials said.

"The discovery of the EAFD, on transit in Malaysia and bound for Indonesia, is the biggest finding of its kind in Malaysian history," said Environment and Water Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man in the Bernama report.

Malaysia is sending the waste back to Romania and asking Interpol to investigate.