The Dutch government is establishing a fund next year where homeowners can borrow money to remove and replace their asbestos roof, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure announced. She hopes that the fund will tempt homeowners to deal with this health risk in the short term, NOS reports
Asbestos was dumped at a construction site at Delfzijl station for two consecutive days. A specialized company was called in to clean up the first batch of the carcinogenic substance on Friday. This same company is also cleaning up the second batch, found on Saturday, RTV Noord reports.
On Friday a pamphlet was attached to the fence of the construction site. It read: "This pollution, asbestos, was blown here by the contractor Hoonstra. Wind-concentration camp builder in Drenthe. Those who hire this company, will harvest asbestos."
Subway station Stadhuis in Rotterdam will be closed for at least two and a half weeks after asbestos was found there on Tuesday. The subway between Rotterdam Central Station and Beurs may start running again sooner, but then it won't stop at Stadhuis, Rotterdam transport company RET said, RTV Rijnmond reports.
Subway station Stadhuis in Rotterdam was evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after asbestos was released during construction work. The station is still completely closed and no subways are running through it. Rotterdam public transit company RET calls on travelers who were in the station on Tuesday to report to the company, RTL Nieuws reports.
The municipality of Ede closed off 16 companies and 8 homes on commercial terrain Frankeneng after asbestos was released in a fire at a car company on Fultonstraat on Sunday morning, ANP reports.
Specialist asbestos removers started cleaning the roads and sidewalks in the area on Sunday night. After they're done, other certified companies will check the area for sings of the carcinogenic substance. How long the terrain will remain closed is unclear.
A large fire destroyed four business buildings on Nijverheidsstraat in Twello during the early hours of Monday morning. No one was hurt. Asbestos was released in the fire, and some of it ended up on adjacent train tracks. For that reason no trains are running between Apeldoorn and Deventer until at least 10:30 a.m., De Stentor reports.
Two potato barns on Molenweg in the Groningen town of Westeremden were destroyed in a large fire during the early hours of Monday morning. Asbestos was released in the fire, according to the Groningen fire department.
The larger pieces of asbestos settled in the immediate vicinity of the farm on which the fire raged, but it is possible that smaller pieces spread further. The fire brigade will inform local residents about what to do if they find asbestos around their home on Monday morning, according to RTV Noord.
Asbestos was released during a large fire on industrial terrain Liesbosch in Nieuwegein on Sunday night. On Monday morning a number of roads around the terrain, including the N408 in both directions, are closed to the public, as the authorities investigate how far the asbestos spread.
The fire started in a warehouse on Ravenswade, which used to be a distribution center for supermarket chain Albert Heijn, according to news wire ANP. Firefighters had the fire under control around 1:00 a.m. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
A large fire broke out in a warehouse on Kromstraat in Valkenswaard on Monday night. Asbestos was found in the warehouse's roof. Released soot and ash spread across a wide area around the warehouse. Local residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed. The fire department is investigating whether asbestos polluted the surrounding area, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
Twenty thousand pigs were killed in a fire that broke out in a pig farm on Erichemsewal just outside the Gelderland town of Erichem on Thursday. Asbestos was released in a small area around the stable, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid.
The fire, and the extinguishing thereof, was accompanied by a lot of smoke in a large area around the farm. Local residents were warned to keep their windows and doors closed. Guests at a campsite in Erichem were told to stay inside their caravans or go to the main building, NU.nl reports.
Many healing stones and crystals are not as healthy as alternative healers would suggest. According to the Environment and Transport Inspectorate, many of the stones contain asbestos and are not allowed to be sold, RTL Nieuws reports.
About 2 thousand piglets and sows were killed in a fire on a pig farm just outside the Noord-Brabant village of Mill on Wednesday night. Two barns containing the 2 thousand pigs were completely destroyed in the fire, Omroep Brabant reports.
Another barn could be rescued by the fire brigade. The pigs inside were evacuated and taken to a fourth barn. According to the Gelderlander, the farm owned a total of 600 sows and 2,200 pigs.
The fire was under control around midnight. Multiple fire brigades responded to deal with the fire. The cause of the fire is unclear.
Asbestos was released in a fire in a wearhouse on Slimmeweg in Amsterddam early on Tuesday morning. Nearby schools were ordered to remain closed on Tuesday while the authorities are clearing away the carcinogenic substance, Het Parool reports.
The fire broke out around 2:00 a.m. Firefighters got it under control about three hours later. Air measurements showed that asbestos was release. According to the newspaper, the fire raged inside Urban Garden store Dutch4Green.
No hazardous substances were released in the fire that started in wax factory Koster Keunen in Bladel on Thursday night, the police said on Friday. Loca residents were evacuated and spent the night in a hotel, Omroep Brabant reports.
The fire in industrial park De Sleutel on Raambrug is still burning. Firefighters are keeping it under control, but is letting the building burn. The presence of so much natural wax means that extinguishing it makes no sense. A number of companies on the terrain will not open on Friday.
A large fire at a farm in Orvelte, Drenthe killed some 15 thousand chickens during the early hours of Monday morning. No one else was injured
A Dirk van den Broek store in Volendam burnt to the ground in a massive fire on Thursday morning. The supermarket can be considered lost, according to the local safety office
A barn on a pig farm in Erp, Noord-Brabant, caught fire late on Tuesday night. The barn was completely destroyed. "A thousand pigs were probably killed by the fire", a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl.
Trade union FNV knew for years that commercial bakers were exposed to asbestos that was processed in furnaces, but chose to hide that information, according to television program Zembla. The union vehemently denies these accusations
The discovery of asbestos often leads to unnecessary panic, emotional reactions, evacuations and large scale cleaning operations, according a pamphlet titled Let's finally be normal about asbestos
A large fire destroyed a market in Katwijk on Monday night. The municipality believes that asbestos was released in the fire and three homes were evacuated as a precaution.
Asbestos was released in a large fire that destroyed three warehouses in Amersfoort on Friday morning. Local residents are warned to stay inside, keep windows and doors closed and turn of ventilation.
The police rescued two homeless people from a burning former school building in Amersfoort on Wednesday. The building caught fire around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday already, but due to a risk of collapse firefighters could not enter the building to search for people.
the musical The Bodyguard was cancelled at the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht on Thursday after traces of asbestos was found in the building
A very critical report on the asbestos cleanup in Wateringen after a large fire in January last year, was leaked on Wednesday. The investigators concluded that the the municipality of Westland unnecessarily exposed residents to severe health risks by not cleaning up the asbestos properly after the fire. One investigator even calls it "a deadly health risk"