News of: Friday, January 06 2006,

Poison in soil under Stedelijk Museum at Museumplein

The soil under the Stedelijk Museum location at the Museum Square is seriously polluted with various poisonous materials.

The Stedelijk Museum is currently under restoration, and is temporarily located in a building next to the Central Station.

The pollution found contains lead, cupper, mercury and the very poisonous cyanide. It dates probably from the 18th or 19th century, as in this period the area was a garbage dump.

The soil will be cleaned until a depth of 11 meters before construction starts. The project bureau says it already knew of the pollution, and that the construction schedule and price will not change.

The Stedelijk Museum is scheduled to re-open at Museumplein square in 2008.