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ArcelorMittal denies French pollution charge, says 97% residue recycled

We work to improve treatment & recovery of residues to reduce environmental footprint: ArcelorMittal

Press Trust of India  |  London 

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Facing allegations of pollution, has said 97 per cent of residues from the Florange site in are recycled or recovered and its internal has concluded that there is no wrong-doing.

The statement comes amid reports by French newspaper The Repulicain Lorrain that the public prosecutor's office in Thionville has opened an into the alleged of ArcelorMittal's crassier in Florange of


"and all of Florange's staff work are in full with our authorisations to operate and store our residues. For the past 10 years, the Florange site has considerably reduced the volume of residues deposited in the storage area and today, 97 per cent of the residues from the site are recycled or recovered," said Eric Niedziela, CEO of Atlantique and Lorraine, in a statement.

"Our internal concludes that there is neither fraud nor pollution," Niedziela said.

Announcing the conclusion of the internal investigation, Niedziela stressed: "We take our responsibilities very seriously and continue to work intensively to improve treatment and recovery of our residues to reduce our environmental footprint."

The said: "No dumping of pure has been done... The used for the pickling process is systematically regenerated and reused."

It went on to add, "No has been recorded in or around the storage area. All the results of available analyses of the soils and waters demonstrate absence of spill on the zone concerned. Moreover, the and surface water analyses carried out to date around the zone also show absence of any and environmental impact."

According to the reports by French newspaper, the was on the basis of information available to the regional directorate.

A former interim contractor of the Suez subcontractor, transporting industrial waste from to the site of Florange, told the paper that he had been forced to pour thousands of cubic metres of daily into the crassier. He also accused of the steel producer of complicity.

First Published: Wed, July 26 2017. 18:51 IST
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