THE PARTIDO POPULAR Spokesman for the Environment in the Andalucian Parliament, Patricia Navarro, has blamed the Junta de Andalucia for Nerja’s illegal dump at Rio de la Miel.
The politician claims the Junta were responsible for the site because it was located in an abandoned quarry in the Government controlled Natural Park of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama.
Ms Navarro says the Andalucian Government gave their tacit approval to the company running the illegal dump, which “with its knowledge did not comply with regulations.” She claimed, “not only did it let the company get away without complying with the specifications agreed but even returned the guarantee deposit given without imposing any fines.”
The Guardia Civil have now arrested 12 people, are investigating 25 others and have confiscated €5 million worth of property following the scandal.
The site was previously a working quarry owned by the council and was later used as a dumping ground for 16 years, between 2000 and September 2016. The investigation, which began in August last year, has also uncovered a potential fraud case worth €2.5 million to cover the costs of rightfully disposing of the waste.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office has since labelled the landfill “a genuine environmental disaster” and has been investigating the matter following complaints filed by the Association of Construction and Demolition Waste Management Companies of Andalusia (AGRECA) and by the Spanish Federation of Associations of Construction Waste Management Companies and Demolition, for illegal and uncontrolled dumping of construction and demolition waste, hazardous waste, pruning waste as well as vegetation, plastics.
It is thought the waste now poses a potential threat to both the environment and human health.