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Vinci admits to spilling polluted water in the Seine

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The exit point of the dirty water "was well hidden" and facilitated by "an opening in the fence", according to the Association approved fishing and protection of the aquatic environment.

The World with AFP Posted today at 14h17, updated at 14h22

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Xavier Huillard, the president of the French construction group Vinci, at the group's general meeting in Paris on April 17, 2019.
Xavier Huillard, president of the French construction group Vinci, at the group's general meeting in Paris, April 17, 2019. ERIC PIERMONT / AFP

The construction giant Vinci, targeted by a complaint filed by a fishing association and nature protection, acknowledged Wednesday, April 24 have dumped water laden with concrete residues on the banks of the Seine at Nanterre.

A fishery guard spotted the spill on March 19, during a routine walk, reported the Approved Association for Fishing and Aquatic Environment Protection (AAPPMA), confirming information from Europe 1.

The spill came from a concrete plant, owned by Vinci Construction, which was used to supply the Eole RER E extension project to the west of Paris. The exit point of dirty water "Was well hidden" and facilitated by "An opening in the fence", told AFP Sandrine Armirail, director of the House of Fisheries and Nature and president of AAPPMA 92. The association filed a complaint for "Abandonment of waste, release into fresh water of a substance harmful to fish and destruction of spawning grounds".

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Spill since 2018

Water laden with concrete residues released into the Seine cemented "A whole piece of bank", transforming it into "An aquatic desert"lamented Mme Armirail. "The banks are the most interesting place for biodiversity," she added, "because everything is concreted on the bottom, there is nothing". According to Sandrine Armirail, the evacuation of polluted water has begun "2018".

In a statement, Vinci assured "Implemented the necessary measures to stop this flow". "After internal investigation, if individual responsibilities were to be established, sanctions will be taken"promised the construction giant. He also described this incident as"Outstanding" and said to stand "At the entire disposal of the administrative and judicial authorities in the context of the investigation which may be opened".

The president of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse (LR), told her side "Scandalized". "I ask the Vinci group that all the clarity is made in this case and exemplary sanctions against these wild pollutions! ", she tweeted.

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