PCB, DIOXINS AND OTHER POPs

Ces migrants clandestins invisibles, inodores et invasifs font des voyages court ou long courrier et s’accumulent là où ils n’étaient pas attendus, dans les sédiments, les réservoirs des barrages, le règne animal et le règne végétal, les sols et les masses d’eau et le lait des mammifères. Ils proviennent le plus souvent d’applications industrielles, agricoles, domestiques et bureautiques. En fin de vie et hors de contrôle, ils pourrissent la nôtre, celle des baleines et des vaches dans les prairies.

Ban on Perchlorethylene : a fake measure

29 Jun 2012

The Ministry for Ecology has put together a plan confirming the use of perchlorethylene, a solvent that is toxic for humans and the environment, until 2028. As a result, all Laundromat owners buying dry cleaning equipment containing perchlorethylene until the deadline of January 1st 2013 will be able to use it for fifteen years.

The text is so complicated and tangled that the members of the High Council for Technological Risks Prevention, on their June 26th 2012 meeting, only discovered this deadline after two and a half hours of debate.

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The PCB Cookbook

5 Dec 2011

Wearing their top chef’s hats, Ifremer, the General Department for Food, the Management of Maritime Fishing, and waterlife have made for you, just in time for New Year’s celebrations, a dish of the highest quality. It is recommended that you consume crabs fished from the depths of the Seine’s bay, and no longer adhere to the opinion of the National Agency for the Sanitation of Food, Work, and the Environment (ANSES) from May 13, 2011, and to forget the prefect of Haut-Normandie’s decree from July 29, 2011. According to the former, the crabs were considered not to conform to the regulated standards of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and dioxin content, and the latter forbid both consumption and marketing.

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L’égouttage dégoûtant de VNF

9 Sep 2011

(Français) 
L’égouttage dégoûtant de VNF

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Crabs Pinched by PCB

20 Jul 2011

The port of Rouen wants to open a new disposal site for the sludge from dredging in the Seine’s bay. The public inquiry was closed yesterday. This 2 million meters³ “experience” covers itself in scientific fuss like the follow-up of the bioaccumulation of toxic elements contained in the sludge, thanks to the placing of 7 cages of mussels laid 2 to 10 km from the disposal site. This animal experimentation led by Ifremer is totally useless in regards to the ecological disaster that strikes a blow from heavy metals and PCB, endocrinal disruptors, at the ensemble of the Seine’s bay from the east to the west and from the top to the bottom.

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(Français) PCB – Varennes-le-Grand (71) / Themeroil, bassin Rhône Méditerranée.

1 Jul 2011

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Aprochim: The Countryside Factory

4 Apr 2011

Following the alert at the beginning of 2011 on the passing of the health threshold by PCBs and dioxins in a sample of milk, the investigation broadens to a perimeter of 3 km around Aprochim, placing today under total or partial isolation the livestock of 8 agricultural farms at Grez-en-Bouère and at Bouère in the Mayenne region. The quasi-totality of the investigation concerns the meat and the fat from meat. For the milk, the situation is fluctuating and to this day the commercialization of the production of only one farm is suspended. The chicken factory farms are not touched, but the official report must be consolidated when the chickens are liberated from their cages in the springtime. On the other hand, the diligent research by the Regional Agency of Health shows that eggs in domestic backyards contain PCB and dioxin levels superior to the national average. The geographic logic of the contamination designates Aprochim as principally responsible. Aprochim is one of the accredited installations in France for the decontamination of transformers and metallic masses contaminated by PCBs. It is operational since 1990 and has treated more than 200,000 tons of contaminated material. A neighboring business of Aprochim is susceptible to release PCBs and dioxins into the atmosphere; specialising in paint stripping of metallic items, it is in financial trouble and does not have sufficient funds to conduct an analysis of its atmospheric emissions.

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(Français) Pêche en Ile-de-France : les poissons ne sont plus consommables

18 May 2010

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Swimming at the Paris PCBeach

12 May 2010

To cope with the inertia of the prefect of police of Paris and the mayors of Paris and the Parisian suburbs, Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) informs the urban fishermen that the barbells, roaches, eels, breams, rudds, brills, chubs and the gudgeons who were the subject of a sampling and PCB analysis contain elevated concentrations of these cancerous micro pollutants and endocrinal disrupters.

This information is available on the site pollutions.eaufrance.fr (French only) and merit an attentive reading to which the experts at Robin des Bois are dedicated. The results of this active sampling campaign by the Minister for Ecology confirm the worries of Robin des Bois. In effect, for some years, and notably in its fourth edition of “The Atlas of Inland Sites Polluted by PCB,” published in February 2010, the NGO speaks of the “Parisian miracle,” thanks to which the fish, by swimming in the PCB, could be exempt from its effects.

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(Français) Robin des Bois conseille aux pêcheurs à la ligne d’arrêter de s’empoisonner dans le Nord-Pas-de-Calais

6 May 2010

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(Français) PCB : miracles à Paris et dans le Nord

23 Feb 2010

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