MANDATORY REMOVAL OF UNDERGROUND POLLUTANTS

MANDATORY REMOVAL OF UNDERGROUND POLLUTANTS
“The risks have become evident for the health of people, as well as for the environment”

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We are an active partner in environmental protection as we specialise in the removal of underground cable network pollutants.

Given the lack of information in this domain, it is all too often neglected by local authorities as well as by a significant number of institutional bodies.

Most towns contain large quantities of disconnected underground cables, which were part of the first generation of networks. The main components of these networks were made of heavy metals, which are liable to spread into the environment.

(Report of the Senate of 5 April 2001 - No. 261)

 

The risks have now become evident for the health of people, as well as for the environment.

The French legislation is strict. This combination of polluting materials, classified as hazardous, must be removed and recycled in compliance with the appendix II of article no. R 541-8 of the French environmental code).

The Grenelle environment roundtable sets out the precautionary principle to risk management. This principle implies that there is a social responsibility to protect the public from exposure to pollution. There is a duty to monitor the environment permanently to enable the public authorities to take appropriate decisions to ensure the reduction of the impact of pollution.

The local authorities, counties and towns are responsible for the abandoned disused cabling which are buried in their grounds. This is because legally, they are considered as 'the owners' of such cables (Legal basis: Article 2276 of the French civil code states that 'In presence of movable property possession is title'('En fait de meubles, la possession vaut titre').