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Parliamentary questions
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11 May 2018
Question for written answer E-002546-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Refusal by the Greek authorities to close down an illegal and dangerous landfill
 Answer in writing 

Aigiras landfill has been operating without permission since January 2015.

A volume of waste far exceeding that originally planned has been deposited in the existing site. According to the Ministry of the Interior, it now has zero capacity.

Industrial and hospital waste and unprocessed sewage sludge from Aigio’s biological purification plant end up in the landfill; moreover, for a long time waste from other regions beyond those originally planned was illegally dumped there.

There are permanent shortages of key personnel, the biological purification plant does not work, the slopes are collapsing, the risk of landslides is high and the geotextiles have been destroyed by fires due to the complete lack of a biogas management system. In addition, the sealing membrane has been destroyed by subsidence and leachates have leaked into the Gulf of Corinth (Natura 2000).

Fines have been imposed for non-compliance with environmental operating conditions, but they have not been collected.

Since, as is clear from the above, Aigiras landfill has in effect been converted into an uncontrolled waste disposal site, and Greece has already been convicted by the European Court of Justice for permitting the existence of such sites, can the Commission say:

What should the competent authorities do when a landfill reaches saturation point?

What measures does it intend to take to close this hazardous landfill forthwith?

What opportunities does the European framework provide for residents to protect their health?

Original language of question: EL 
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