The greenhouse effect and leads to jail in Spain
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The greenhouse effect and temperature rise by concentrating gases in the atmosphere no longer goes unpunished in Spain. The Supreme Court has just endorse the condemnation of the Court of Madrid to two Madrid entrepreneurs, father and son, who crushed 2,236 refrigerators without permission.
In the first instance conviction, they claimed that nobody had previously been convicted of this crime and the response of the judges of the High Court was that "there is always a first time." Both were sentenced to two and half years in prison.
The scrap metal business
The judgment shows that Antonio and his son Jaime Nieto Nieto Antonio Medina -dedicados scrap business through three companies, Recoveries Nieto, crushed Ferrous and Sierraluenga- conducted crushing of refrigerators between 2007 and 2010 , illegally and without any official authorization, releasing to the atmosphere with that action 3,378 tons of CO2. A performance that flagrantly violates the rules on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, lacking both authorization to treat hazardous waste.
They have also been sentenced to one year and two months in prison on charge of the company, Luciano Rocha, and two managers of companies that supplied refrigerators to the first Oscar David Sevillano and Felix Martin Perez, owners of companies and landfills, The Madrid and scrap tires Muñoza.
Concessionaire of the City of Madrid
One of these suppliers in the plant acted as concessionaire Valdemingómez Madrid City Council, in order to take charge, among other waste, of all refrigerators coming from clean parts of the capital.
What they have achieved the wretched of his appeal to the Supreme is a reduction of penalties, the Court of Madrid set at four years in prison for the two heads and two years for the other three, to not attend the aggravating clandestine industry as the business that entrepreneurs have developed the necessary administrative licenses.
No compensation liability
Compensation of 60,000 euros will also be removed not fit civil liability for environmental offenses, which is not linked to specific damage caused to an identifiable person.
Periodically, especially in summer when given the highest recorded ozone, environmental groups tend to draw attention of the authorities to overcome the legal maximum levels caused by this pollutant.
Pushing the boundaries of the European directive
In late August, 22 of the 23 stations of the network of the Community of Madrid exceeded one of the limits set by the European directive, the target value for the protection of health for tropospheric ozone.
A value is defined as the number of days the average value exceeds 120 micrograms per cubic meter (mg / m3) of ozone during periods of eight hours, and that the legislation limited to a maximum of 25 days year.