Carcinogenic asbestos found under the Bratislava ring road construction site

The consortium responsible for its construction has five days to remove it.

Construction works on the Bratislava ring road project.Construction works on the Bratislava ring road project. (Source: TASR)

The latest samples of soil taken from embankments of the Bratislava ring road construction project, built by the consortium around the Spanish company Cintra, confirmed the occurrence of prohibited substances, including asbestos, as reported by the Sme daily.

Asbestos, the use of which is not allowed in Slovakia, does not threaten people’s health once it is dug in the ground. However, manipulation with asbestos may be dangerous and cause cancer.

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“All motorways have to meet not only the technical but also environmental criteria,” said Transport Minister Arpád Érsek, as quoted by Sme.

Apart from the samples, initiated by Érsek, the ministry has taken another step to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

Five days

The consortium was given five days to remove the life-threatening waste, at its own expense, from the building site, but the consortium is asking for more time since the laboratory report is 180-pages long.

Firms falling under the consortium admitted that asbestos was found on the spot.

“As independent experts have confirmed, there is no imminent health and environmental risk,” the consortium said, as quoted by Sme.

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The asbestos issue concerns a short stretch of the motorway near Bratislava’s borough of Jarovce. Hence, the contaminated soil can be driven away and replaced with quality materials without any delay regarding the opening of the motorway.

Only authorised firms can remove the asbestos waste and take it to a certified waste dump.

The Bratislava ring road project is part of the R7 speedway from Holice to Bratislava and of the D4 motorway from Jarovce to Rača. The speedway is to be completed in 2020 and the motorway a year later.

Asbestos’ way to the ring road

Cintra bought the waste from a concessionaire, which owns the so-called Waste Mould in Bratislava.

“We bought recycled building material from the only supplier, believing it meets all the legal requirements,” said Juan José Bregel, the consortium’s representative, as quoted by Sme.

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Nonetheless, this is not the first time when samples confirmed asbestos under the Bratislava ring road; the first samples proving the occurrence of asbestos, as well as glass, phenol, barytes and electric cables, appeared this May.

“The consortium should not make excuses, throwing the dirt on its supplier, since the consortium is responsible for the construction,” Martin Bakoš of the Amberg Engineering Slovakia firm, which supervises construction sites in the country, said to Sme.

Due to suspicions of the soil contamination, the police previously carried out two raids on the building site.

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