The industrial project consists in landfilling with soil from the nearby Belgarena processing facility.
The quality of the soil authorised by the permit is subject to strict verification of its physical and chemical characteristics (stable soil that is not likely to harm human health or pollute the ground, surface water, or water table). The soil is checked before being put in place and afterwards through drilling and sampling. The traceability data are made available to the Monitoring Committee in charge of following up Belgarena's activities.
Reprofiling the tip and stabilising its slopes
The project, which is covered by a permit issued by the Walloon Region, consists in landfilling with some 3 million metric tonnes of soil and redoing the entire site's general profile so as to ensure the stability of all its slopes and give it a harmonious shape that fits in well with the local landscape.
In parallel with the landfilling, we wanted to carry out a unique ecological and social redevelopment project guided by sustainable development precepts, namely, to reconcile profitable economic activity that generates local jobs with the environmental and social development of the site. This is being done at our own initiative and with our own funds.
The project takes account of the requirements that are linked to the ecosystem's development. The tip is divided into seventeen zones and the landfilling phases allow for the migratory patterns and gradual acclimatization needs of the species in the protected areas so that they will not be impacted by the work. So, the redevelopment work is not harming the site's biodiversity, as shown by the population increases documented by the inventories.