Salt flat ‘contamination’ fears on the Costa Blanca

FEARS: 700,000 tons of salt taken each year. (File image) Photo credit: Flickr

OPPOSITION is growing from a number of organisations and companies about the plans to build a waste treatment plant between Torrevieja and San Miguel de Salinas. 

The latest objections toward the project by Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) to build the plant have come from the Torrevieja Saltworks based on the iconic salt flats, who say they are concerned of the location just a few hundred metres from one of the salt lakes.

Part of the Salins Group, they believe that the waste plant could seriously affect their production which is regarded as a very important supplier of European sea salt.  Each year, around 700,000 tons of salt comes from this particular area.

OHL plans to establish a treatment plant that would take in trucks full of all types of waste that would then be sorted for either recycling, reused or sent to a landfill.   According to reports, there are fears that 120,000 of solid waste being transported could lead to a high risk of the water being contaminated through the subsoil.

OHL said that the plant would see an investment of more than €40 million and would bring a number of valuable jobs to the area.


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