September 20, 2021

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Fire breaks out at chemical company 3M (Zwijndrecht)

Fire breaks out at chemical company 3M (Zwijndrecht)

A fire broke out at chemical company 3M Canadastrat in Zwijndrecht on Saturday afternoon. This is confirmed by the district fire brigade in Antwerp. The fire was brought under control by 1:30 p.m. and no injuries were reported.

“The report came at 12:39 pm. Spokeswoman Marie de Klerk said it was a crematorium fire.” “The company’s firefighting team has already taken the first steps and our teams have helped them with cooling and extinguishing.” A team from Waasland Relief District also went to 3M.

The fire was brought under control around 1.10 pm. There will be no injuries.

The fire started on a new machine that had just been used. That is why there are no toxic products in it yet.

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3M was told yesterday to immediately stop discharging FBSA hazardous materials. It may no longer be discharged to the water treatment plant on the 3M premises, but must be treated using the best available technology. In addition, the company is placed under increased supervision, for which weekly samples are made available to the Environmental Inspectorate. 3M denies that it tampered with the wastewater to lower PFAS and other values.

Read also: 3M is no longer allowed to dump FBSA, a company under tighter control

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