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Ministries order closure of dozens of illegal landfills

The Interior and Environment ministries have instructed regional officials to ensure that 63 illegal landfills around the country are shut down by June as Greece steps up its effort to meet European Union demands.

The ministries will also be putting out instructions for 75 illegal landfills in the Peloponnese to close by September.

If the government fails to raze dozens of illegal dumps that continue to operate around the country, it will be indicted to the European Court and Greece will be issued with heavy financial penalties which it is in no position to pay in the midst of the current debt crisis.

Last December the government responded to the Commission?s second letter of warning – the last step before legal action – with a pledge to destroy most of the remaining landfills in the first half of 2011.