In 2004 Ercros launched an ambitious project to clean up the soil and groundwater at the Flix factory
No risk to human health
As a result of the historical activity carried out since the factory came into operation in 1899, its soil and groundwater have been affected to a greater or lesser extent. Since 2004, Ercros has been working under the supervision of the competent authorities (the Agència de Residus de Catalunya and the Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro) to clean up these soils and waters, with the result that today the soils of the Flix factory pose no risk to the health of the inhabitants and visitors to the town or to the people who work in the factory; nor is there any active source of contamination detected in the entire factory site.
The remediation actions completed and planned involve an investment of more than 11 million euros.
Confinement of the historical waste deposit
Flix has around 800 research and control points on the ground.
Five underground gas extraction plants have been installed.
Soil and groundwater remediation at the Flix factory, an example of environmental remediation in Europe
The big figures on soil management
Below you will find the main magnitudes of the actions carried out to clean up the soil and groundwater at the Flix factory.
Remediation studies and proposals
Organic treatment plant
Barriers to groundwater interception
Mercury extracted from groundwater
Wells to extract organic product from subsoil
Heat-treated organic liquid product
Thick to contain the historical solid waste repository
Isolated and controlled historical solid waste
Vapour extraction plants to capture organochlorines
Organochlorines extracted from vapour plants
Spent and provisioned for remedial actions