Environmental penalties and continue to grow and open 370 records per month in Aragon
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Bad practices in nature and mismanagement of harmful activities for conservation originated last year more than 370 disciplinary proceedings per month in the environment, an ostensibly more data that had occurred in previous years.
From fishing and poaching-whether large or smaller scale, to make fires in spaces and improper periods, bad treatment of waste and landfills, or small irregularities, such as camping in places not allowed, the provincial Department services Agriculture, Livestock and Environment (now converted into the Rural Development and Sustainability) were processed during 2014 a total of 4,390 complaints of pursuing environmental penalties, and instituting 4,451 investigations of processes of this type, although some of them came of alleged irregularities in previous years.
By area, are fishing (with 1,563 open files) and sanctions in the areas of mountains and forest fires (1,153) which began more processes, but draws attention to the rally that has occurred in recent years of open penalties for poor waste management (840 last year).
To get an idea, in 2012, total proceedings initiated by the Department was only 2,935, 51% less, and only 335 of them corresponded to speeding mismanagement of waste. Behind this increase they seem to be, as indicated by the organizations involved in the defense of the environment, two factors. On the one hand around the activity of numerous industries and, secondly, closures that continue to affect many others, which often abandon their facilities without proper processing of materials. Such was the case of the recent allocation this summer from a chemical company Zuera, where the Civil Guard found a "huge" amount of chemicals that had been abandoned by the company in bankruptcy since 2013 and which now applied to him a crime against the environment.
Spending on environmental protection is reduced to 15 million in just three years
However, the field of environmental protection has not only been an increase in the number of complaints of malpractice or pollution, but has also been one of the most burdened by the austerity budget in recent years.
A review of the main items of the budget of the Community in recent years show that spending on protection of the regional administration has been reduced by more than 15 million from 2011 to 2015, from 83.1 million euros for four years just over 65 last year and all this despite the fact that last year was the first in which increased since the first budget containment measures were put in place.
The problem of lindane, far from a final solution
But the biggest problem of Aragon in environmental matters is not far from the years before. On Thursday the Ministry of Rural Development and Sustainability announced the creation of a management unit and a scientific committee to address the future work of monitoring and decontamination of landfills lindane in Sabinanigo. The latest move to try to alleviate a crisis, lindane produced by the factory Inquinosa Sabinanigo, who has been buried several years and last year proved to be far from solved.
Since just a year ago it was known that during the transfer of the waste deposited in the landfill chemistry Bailin contamination of waters of the Gallego river mouth left without water more than a dozen people were to occur, the problem of this old pesticide, banned since the mid-nineties, has continued to be an open wound with a solution difficult undertaking.
Mariano Polanco, member of Ecologist in Action Sabinanigo, along with his group took years demanding better management of waste from the factory, even before the Government of Aragon ordered its closure in 1989. "The problem is a difficult solution and certainly it will require a lot of money. Rain and water filtering waste will exist both in landfills and in the floor of the factory itself to the river basin, which is acting as a major distributor, "said Polanco.
In fact, shortly after the health scare jump by pollution Gallego, a team of researchers from the University of Zaragoza also found traces of lindane in ibón Saboscos, 30 kilometers from Sabiñánigo. "This tells us the ability to spread that has lindane, and in its liquid state", says the ecologist.
For now, the ruin of the former factory Inquinosa still stands as a mute witness of the problem that the chemical caused. Dismantling still pending judicial authorization that the Government of Aragon expected to act and treat pollution, which company officials have not responded after more than 25 years.