By Laura Kemp • 27 April 2021 • 21:36
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A complaint about the discharge of untreated wastewater into the sea along the coast of Nerja has been filed following preliminary proceedings.
THE Court of First Instance and Instruction Number 2 of Torrox has agreed to file the case followed in the preliminary proceedings for the discharge of untreated wastewater into the sea along the coast of Nerja.
A hotel businessman from the municipality of Balcón de Europa, Ecologistas en Acción and concerned political leaders in the town lodged the complaint.
The Environmental Prosecutor’s Office had previously requested the provisional file of the case at the beginning of the month from the head of said court, as although it did consider the discharge of the wastewater potentially harmful, there was no criminal responsibility in those responsible for the different administrations involved.
The judge of First Instance and Instruction Number 2 of Torrox has stated that he considers “there can be no evidence of criminal responsibility of the municipal managers investigated, being contrasted after the practice of the investigative proceedings, that the responsibility of the construction of the sewage treatment plant (WWTP) in Nerja corresponds exclusively to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition.”
As reported by the city council, the order also reflects “the Consistory has maintained constant communication with the regional and State administration, requiring the expediting of the works, as well as collaborating with the expropriation and transfer of the land.”
For the mayor, José Alberto Armijo (PP), the file of the case for the discharge of untreated water on the Nerja coast, “is good news that confirms what was previously announced, that the actions of the different local public officials would be exempt from reproach.”
This case is part of a complaint by Ecologists in Action Andalusia for the irregularities found in some of the treatment plants in the various provinces of Andalusia. The reports date back to 2017, following this, the Vastum operation was opened by the Nature Protection Service (Seprona).
Source: Malaga Hoy
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