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EC asks Portugal to clean up toxic waste at Gondomar

9:18 AM MST | November 22, 2013 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Commission is asking Portugal to clean up large amounts of hazardous waste, dumped in decommissioned mines at Gondomar, near Porto, in 2001–2002. About 320,000 m.t. of waste from the former premises of the Oporto National Steel Company were dumped in the mines, rendering the groundwater unfit for human consumption. The mines were licensed for only 97.5 m.t. of inert waste. Portugal has acknowledge the scale of the problem and adopted a recovery program, but the clean-up operation has yet to begin, according to the commission. A reasoned opinion...

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