Norway's 'sloppy' builders exposed

Pollution authority documents woeful application of requirements to substitute hazardous materials

A spot-check survey of 70 Norwegian builders and contractors has revealed that only eight complied with regulations on substituting more environment-friendly alternatives for damaging materials and techniques, the pollution control authority (SFT) reports.

One in three companies lacked documentation on the chemicals being used on sites, routines for handling hazardous waste were generally poor, and half of the smaller businesses were not even aware of the substitution requirement at all. 

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