POLITICAL STINK: Costa seabed 50-metres deep in baby wipes and waste claim

BABY WIPES: seabed allegedly contains nine tons of waste, according to the Spanish Institute of Oceanography . File image. Photo credit: Shutterstock

A COSTA seabed allegedly contains nine tons of baby wipes, according to the Spanish Institute of Oceanography.

The organisation, who sent a boat of scientists out combing the area for five says, claimed the vast amount of debris lies around 50 metres deep off the coast of Nerja.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office and Guardia Civil’s environmental protection arm (Seprona) are currently investigating the claims under ‘Operation Vastum’ following complaints from Ecologistas in Accion Andalucia in 2017.  The environmental group claimed there were, “serious irregularities,” in urban wastewater pumped into the sea in Nerja.

The town’s delayed sewage treatment plant is said to be near completion and will begin testing this year.

Nerja Council originally announced work would be complete in early 2019 but has now instead changed the date to early next year. The project has been hit by a number of delays after its builders faced bankruptcy.

The works, which began again in February following a 10-month break, will see a further collection point installed in the area surrounding Burriana beach which will take wastewater to a treatment plant.

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