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03.26.2008

Befesa will complete the cleaning work today after a lorry turned over en route to the Nerva waste centre

Nerva, 26 March 2008. Befesa workers are continuing their work today to clean up the load shed on Monday afternoon on the N-435 highway from an overturned lorry that was en route to the Nerva industrial waste centre. The vehicle, which was licensed by the Department of the Environment of the regional government of Andalusia, was transporting waste from an electricity power plant.

Yesterday Befesa activated the established protocol after the accident occurred. The company reported the incident to the Department of the Environment immediately as well as to the police and sent technical personnel and staff to clean up the affected section of the highway with the company’s equipment. The cleaning work was stopped at 1 am in the morning and restarted at 8 am this morning.

The spill occurred at 16.45 on Monday 24 March at kilometre 157.4 on the N-435 in the municipality of Almonaster la Real. At no time was there any danger to the environment or people’s health.

The driver, who suffered minor injuries, was taken to the regional Riotinto Hospital and was quickly admitted.

Befesa would like to highlight that journeys made by lorries carrying waste to the plant are carried out in accordance with the rules under prevailing legislation, which requires any incident that occurs on Andalusian highways to be reported to the administration. The protocol followed in these situations complies with Befesa’s Transport Emergency Plan, which states the measures required for a rapid and efficient response in the event of an accident.

The incident rate for lorries travelling to the plant is very low, with barely 10 incidents occurring since 1998. Furthermore, last year Befesa signed an agreement with transport associations and companies to improve the safety guarantees for journeys to the industrial waste centres in Nerva and Palos de la Frontera. The agreement commits transport companies to carry out their activity within a framework of good practices that respect the environment and public health.

For more information:

Patricia Malo de Molina. 630 05 08 24

Álvaro Arias. 955600203