Yle: Police to probe Forssa waste disposal company

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Envor’s biogas plant in Forssa, southwest Finland. (Sari Törmikoski/Yle)
Employees of the Forssa waste management company Envor have blown the whistle on the organisation’s operations, Yle’s investigative programme MOT reported.

Local environmental officials have called in the police as a result of the programme’s findings.

According to the Yle programme, employees of the non-hazardous waste disposal company Envor claim that the organisation’s practices flouted environmental regulations.

The workers claim that Envor stored 1,000 tonnes of untreated fecal sludge at the Viiki waste water treatment plant, contrary to the provisions of its environmental permit.

The company is also alleged to have mixed fresh pine tar oil into compost. The MOT programme further alleges that Envor also conspired to conceal information about its waste treatment practices from the authorities in Häme.

“We are filing a request for an inquiry into whether or not accepting untreated compost and pine tar oil violates environmental protection laws and regulations governing waste disposal,” said chief inspector Sinikka Koikkalainen of the Häme centre for economic development, transport and the environment.

Investigations continue

Police are still investigating waste water emissions at Envor’s biogas facility, which have exceeded the prescribed environmental limits for years.

According to MOT, Envor filed its own request for an investigation with the police, targeting two supervisors working for the Häme environmental authorities.

For its part the company claims that its waste processing practices are in line with the provisions of the law and its environmental permit.

Envor Group processes a significant portion of the biowaste generated by major food companies such as S Group, the Vaasa bakeries, and Arla.

The MOT programme, “Waste baron’s dirty business” airs Monday evening on Yle TV2 from 8.00 pm.

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