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Spain sold trains with asbestos (carcinogenic substance) to Argentina

Spain sold trains with asbestos (carcinogenic substance) to Argentina

The confirmation that Metro de Madrid has known since 2003 the existence of asbestos (also known as asbestos) in 115 of its trains, reveals that when several convoys were sold to Argentina, it did so knowing that they contained carcinogenic pollutants.

Metro sold to Argentina in 2011 and 2012 two batches of 5,000 series trains for use in the Buenos Aires subway.

“Metro de Madrid publicly recognized the presence of asbestos in components of the CAF Series 5000 trains, the oldest that circulate on the network of the Spanish capital; part of these were sold to Buenos Aires to be used in line B ", according to the specialized site enelsubte.com.

Last week several Spanish newspapers revealed that an employee of Metro de Madrid fell ill with a type of cancer known as Asbestosis, caused by prolonged exposure to this type of material.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos (Asbestos) is a fibrous mineral, of varied color and texture, highly resistant to heat, which is applied as a thermal insulator and is also the individual substance responsible for most cases of malignant tumors.

Asbestos contamination is called “asbestosis” and it can cause cancer of the pharynx and lung (pleura).

ASBESTOSIS SYMPTOMS

  • EFFORT FATIGUE.
  • DIFFICULTY BREATHING
  • COUGH.
  • PAIN OR TIGHTENING IN THE CHEST.
  • SLIMMING
  • LOSS OF APPETITE
  • THE APPEARANCE OF SYMPTOMS IS LATE, 10 TO 15 YEARS AFTER THE EXPOSURE.
  • WHEN IT MANIFESTS, THE DISEASE IS ALREADY INSTALLED.
  • THE PROCESS IS IRREVERSIBLE

Due to its carcinogenic characteristics, asbestos has been banned in both Spain and Argentina since 2001.

The transaction took place after the Spanish Ministry of the Presidency issued an order, at the end of 2001, prohibiting "the use, production and commercialization of the fibers" contained in said material, according to El Mundo.

Last week several Spanish newspapers revealed that an employee of Metro de Madrid fell ill with a type of cancer known as Asbestosis, caused by prolonged exposure to this type of material.

As a preventive measure, Subterráneos de Buenos Aires removed the three CAF 5000 formations from the route of Line B from circulation, after the statements made by the Madrid Metro to Spanish media, according to which: cars contain asbestos in electrical components, a material banned in both countries, reported the government of Buenos Aires.

In Metro they explained yesterday to the newspaper El Mundo that its legal department is "reviewing the documentation of those operations to see if any failure was incurred."

One of the two lots sold to the Buenos Aires Subway, the one from 2011, consisted of four trains for which 4.2 million euros were paid.

As reported by the Efe agency, they were convoys of the 5,000 type, with 24 wagons and that until then were in operation on lines 6 and 9 in Madrid. Both these and 1 continue to circulate vehicles of this model and the 2,000 series, the oldest in the network ... in which there is still asbestos.

The WHO is conclusive in defining the harmfulness of asbestos (or asbestos): "All forms of asbestos, including chrysotile (a type of silicate) are carcinogenic to humans."

"In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the possibility of developing harmful health effects," reports the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In Spain, the Ministry of Employment has now imposed a fine of 191,000 euros on Metro after confirming the first case of a maintenance worker suffering from cancer due to prolonged exposure to asbestos in workshops.

By Jesús de León -

Sources
The Epoch Times

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