Value Trading, a company in the wrong place – Companies

Does a gold foundry have its place in an urban environment? For the neighbors and the Minister of the Environment, the answer is no. In Antwerp, Value Trading is to close its doors.

From the outside it looks like an office building. In reality, it is a chemical factory where dangerous substances are handled, residents worry. Near the main train station, in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, Value Trading, which took over from Tony Goetz, has been processing up to 200 kilos of gold a day for many years…

From the outside it looks like an office building. In reality, it is a chemical factory where dangerous substances are handled, residents worry. Close to HovedbanegĂ„rden, in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, Value Trading, which took over from Tony Goetz, has for many years processed up to 200 kilos of gold a day and regularly has to appease residents who multiply the demonstrations. take off. In support of their approach, the latter cite, however, without being able to establish a direct causal link, the “abnormally high” number of cancers observed in the vicinity. They also accuse the company of being responsible for skin or respiratory problems as well as concentration problems in children. Value Trading thus claims to respect all the parameters required by the authorities. Its emissions are regularly checked by SGS, the world leader in inspection and control. The reports on these measures are available for consultation at its offices by appointment, she maintains. But all bridges seem to be broken. The application for renewal of the environmental approval submitted in June 2021 by Value Trading has given rise to almost 2,000 objections. At the beginning of the year, however, the permanent deputation announced a permit valid for three years accompanied by an invitation to move. Furious, the local residents appealed, so the case ended up on the desk of Environment Minister Zuhal Demir, who, despite the positive statements from other public institutions, has just ordered the closure. “The minister allows himself to be guided by opinion rather than facts,” complains the company, which is actively seeking the parade.

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