Oslo - The County and the Climate and Pollution Control Directorate (Klif, former SFT) now controls the reception and temporary storage sites for hazardous waste across the country. Hazardous waste must be sorted from other waste and stored properly to prevent harmful emissions. Previous control actions have uncovered illegal handling of hazardous waste. "We persecute, therefore, that these plants are closed", said Marit Kjeldby from Climate and Pollution Control Directorate.
The goal of the campaign is to identify companies that fail to sort waste from other waste, and in addition can not handle this properly until finalization. Up to 65 000 tonnes of hazardous waste disposal is unknown in Norway every year. "It is serious when hazardous waste is not collected. The search for this waste is therefore a high priority for the pollution control authorities", said Marit Kjeldby.
This year's action is a follow-up of corresponding actions in 2004 and 2006. They discovered that many facilities did not comply with the regulations. Handling of hazardous waste is regulated in the Waste Regulations Chapter 11 relating to hazardous waste. County governors require the licenses to the plants.
"We have strict sanctions for deviations from the regulations. Serious deviations may result in the police", Marit Kjeldby stresses.