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Concern Cieza IU-Greens by toxic discharges Plains Cagitán (20/08/2012)

According to Councilman Jose Eduardo ecosocialist Illueca, "the problem comes from far away and now it is time to put an end once and for all with this unhealthy practice."

The group mubucipal IU-Greens in Cieza City Council has expressed extreme concern about the new episode of dumping of sewage sludge on a farm of Cagitán Plains, in the municipality of Cieza, which has led to the opening of an investigation by the Seprona.

It has done so by José Eduardo Illueca mouth, councilor responsible for this training and environmental issues within this political group.

According Illueca, "this is again the discharge of a very large volume of sludge, it seems, of purification of the Alicante area, in an area of ​​high ecological value, included in the Special Protection Area for Birds' Sierra del Molino , Reservoir Cagitán Quípar and Plains', included in the European network Natura 2000, a uniquely rich in terms of diversity of steppe birds ".

Impacts on health, the environment, livestock and groundwater

In any case, the problem is not just limited to the incidence in an area equipped with environmental protection, "but it is very worrying from the point of view of health, although it is a populated area, there are villas close to inhabit seasonally, and many affected neighbors, which are those with the complaint, by the foul odors emanating from the sludge deposited and the population explosion that has resulted in the populations of some species of insects, such as flies and blow flies, which have impassable virtually become one of many hectares surface around discharge zones "Illueca clarified.

Moreover, "as the neighbors have shown, the pollution generated may affect the abundant livestock, especially sheep grazing in the area, which are also risks to human and animal health, but we must also take into account that, in case of rain, drag, leaching and subsequent infiltration of contaminated water could eventually cause impact on the water table, "he underlined ecosocialist Councilman.

There are complaints since 2007

The worst, however, "is that, once again, it rains it pours, because it is the first time that similar discharges occur in this area."

Without going any further, Illueca recalls that "in 2007 and was denounced by environmentalists landfill, by more than 400 trucks, of this type of product nauseating, and in 2008 there were new complaints made about various plots, which led the opening of an official investigation of the prosecution. "

Critical to the passivity of the Ministry of Environment and the City

According Illueca, "beyond the limits of endurance which both the City of Cieza as the Environmental Council of Murcia are aware of these facts for years and have not ever put measures to correct a problem that causes significant inconvenience to many residents, that has lead risk to public health and incident on a environmentally protected area. "

"So-Illueca-clarified, we are frankly worried, because we read in the media that discharges are licensed and have permits, something not possible in the terms in which it occurs, if administrative authorization for such activities must be reviewed immediately, and the central role in this matter is to play Cieza City Council and particularly its Department of Environment, which to date has remained unmoved and insensitive to the problem. "

Source: IURM

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