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Carcigenous BA underground trains to be scrapped

Friday, October 12th 2018 - 22:06 UTC
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The “new” B Line trains ran for seven years between the Leandro Alem and Juan Manuel de Rosas stations before it was discovered that they were contaminated The “new” B Line trains ran for seven years between the Leandro Alem and Juan Manuel de Rosas stations before it was discovered that they were contaminated

Used underground trains purchased from Spain for Buenos Aires' B Line in 2011 are now to be scrapped after finding they were made of an alloy containing carcigenous asbestos.

 Around 4 million euros were paid for the cars in 2011 when Mauricio Macri was still mayor of Buenos Aires.

The 24 CAF 5000 cars that were purchased from the Madrid Metro were contaminated and therefore must be destroyed as scrap metal, it was reported.

Spanish sources say a total 4.2 million euros were paid. “Metro de Madrid rubs its hands with the 4.2 million euros that it has taken for the sale of some scrap metal wagons after 32 years of rattling,” the Spanish newspaper El País published on September 26, 2011.

The “new” trains ran for seven years between the Leandro Alem and Juan Manuel de Rosas stations before it was discovered that they were contaminated with asbestos, a carcinogenic substance and therefore what cost a fortune will be sold as scrap metal.

Asbestos is a mineral of microscopic fibers with insulating and heat resistant properties, which are very light, spread in the air. When inhaled, they adhere to the lungs and cause cancer.

The Buenos Aires city government, now headed by Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, who was cabinet chief during Macri's tenure, has retained the services of a company specialized in the treatment of this type of waste.

But the experts are still conducting studies to outline a final solution for these doomed carriages.

Categories: Environment, Politics, Argentina.

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  • Zaphod Beeblebrox

    Reekio,

    You are trying to spin this into another anti-Macri story but if they were bought in good faith without any knowledge of their asbestos content then nobody in Argentina is to blame. However, if Spain was aware of the asbestos when they sold the trains then they broke Spanish and European law by selling them: https://www.sertox.com.ar/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=11758

    I seem to remember that the Kirchners bought some Spanish railway stock that was never actually used and was left to rot in sidings. I don't know if it contained asbestos, but that was a big waste of money!

    Oct 15th, 2018 - 06:06 pm +1
  • Enrique Massot

    “Around 4 million euros were paid for the cars in 2011 when Mauricio Macri was still mayor of Buenos Aires.”

    Good for MP for publishing this story, ignored by Argentina's mainstream media. This is one of the foretelling signs that were buried under the carpet to allow Mauricio Macri become president, precisely on an anti-corruption agenda.

    Add to the mix that Laura Alonso, member of Macri's PRO party and head of Argentina's Anti-corruption Office, has now been indicted after being accused of misusing public funds.

    You are getting these news here but don't go look for it in La Nacion or Clarin. Smaller outlets, however, are publishing this little-known fact revealing that Macri, like the smart Argentine bird named 'tero,' hides his eggs in one place and chirps elsewhere to mislead enemies.

    http://www.andigital.com.ar/politica/item/71248-laura-alonso-fue-imputada-por-corrupcion

    Oct 15th, 2018 - 04:31 pm -2
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