Norwegian firm accused of Rhoca Gil violations

Railway company failed to assess risk, monitor leaks, control packaging waste, says SFT

At least three regulations were broken by the Norwegian company at the centre of an investigation into acrylamide leakage related to the use of a French-made chemical sealant, the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) has alleged. According to an SFT statement released this weekend, NSB Gardermoen failed to carry out a risk assessment before using Rhoca Gil, a chemical sealant produced by Rhone Poulenc that can be toxic to aquatic and other organisms if used improperly. Nor did the company monitor water in the tunnel it is building between Oslo and a new international airport for chemical leakage during operations (ENDS Daily 20 November). Third, the SFT alleges, the firm violated laws on disposing of waste packaging. "Despite information in the data sheet on special waste disposal requirements...used packaging was rinsed clean with water and thrown on ordinary rubbish sites," the authority says. The SFT has ordered NSB Gardermoen to ensure that such violations do not recur, and has forbidden the use of new chemical sealants in the tunnel without its prior approval.

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