Sludge transfer enforced

Police are patrolling streets around the Ano Liosia landfill site where local authorities have been protesting plans to transfer sludge from the waste treatment plant on the island of Psyttaleia, off Piraeus. Athens’s top prosecutor Dimitris Papangelopoulos issued police with orders yesterday to ensure that there were no obstacles to the transfer of the sludge, which was expected to begin during the day, and to make arrests if necessary. The move follows Wednesday’s pledge by Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias «to enforce the law.» The municipality has launched an appeal against a Council of State ruling that allows the temporary transfer of the sludge to the Ano Liosia dump. They also claim that the dump had been operating without a license and that the conditions set out in a ministerial decree for the transfer of the sludge had not been followed. No incidents had been reported by late yesterday.

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