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Toxic dump in Jura finally pronounced clean

Local News // Sept. 5, 2016
Toxic dump in Jura finally pronounced clean

The last remnants from one of Switzerland's major toxic waste landfills have left the site.

Since 2000, more than 200,000 tonnes of highly contaminated waste at Bonfol in canton Jura have been extracted and taken to be incinerated.

The cantonal government ordered the clean-up after 114,000 tonnes of toxic chemical waste was dumped in a clay pit at the site, near the French border, randomly and without being inventoried between 1961 and 1976.

The 15-hectare area is to be reforested by 2019, by the Escale Bonfol Association in conjunction with the prominent Swiss architect Mario Botta.

Almost 38,000 polluted sites remain in Switzerland, including landfills, industrial areas and shooting ranges, with estimated clean-up work costing more than CHF100 million.

Tags: toxic waste

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