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Trude  Mandag 21. Desember 2009, kl. 15:19

The essence of the scandal is the unilateral decision of Aquiris 
(Veolia)  to shut down the Brussels North water treatment plant, 
causing pollution that has destroyed fish life in several rivers...



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Brussels Minister Huyterbroeck (Ecolo) must give an explanation for 
ten days' pollution of Zenne

Thu, 12/17/2009 - 00:00

De Standaard

Tomorrow afternoon the biggest of the three collectors of the North 
Brussels water purification plant will reopen to allow 80 percent of 
the waste water to be treated again before flowing into the River 
Zenne. Aquiris, operator of the plant, is currently in the process of 
removing the debris from its installations. For ten days untreated 
waste water from the city of Brussels ended up in the Zenne before 
flowing downstream into the Rivers Rupel and Scheldt. The water 
purification plant was shut down last week as a result of a conflict 
between Aquiris and the Brussels Region. For the past year and a half 
Aquiris has been demanding a forty million Euro contribution from the 
Brussels Region to filter the large amount of sand. The Brussels 
minister of the Environment, Huyterbroeck, refused to pay this amount, 
insisting that Aquiris should have foreseen the problem with the sand, 
which she maintained was the result of a construction design error at 
the purification plant. The Flemish and Brussels parliament both 
proceeded with a summary judgment against Aquiris for the pollution it 
caused. Today Huyterbroeck will have to explain to the Environmental 
Commission of the Brussels parliament why it took so long to react to 
the pollution of the river and how she managed to allow the conflict 
with Aquiris to escalate to such an extent. The other political 
parties are also keen to find out why she failed to warn the Brussels 
government about the matter. Huyterbroeck, who has been attending the 
global summit in Copenhagen this week, defends herself in the 
newspaper De Standaard, saying that she informed the Scheldt 
commission one day after the shut down, which was attended by 
representatives from the Netherlands, France, the Walloon and Flemish 
Regions. According to Huyterbroeck, all political parties were kept 
informed in the board of directors of the Brussels Water Company. She 
further fails to understand how some parties are eager to turn the 
whole debate into a conflict between Flanders and the French speaking 
community.



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