Clock ticks on Attica landfills

The country’s highest administrative court yesterday demanded the Public Works Ministry and prefectures hand over detailed plans of the four new landfill sites the government plans to build around Attica so that it can decide whether to give the projects the green light. The municipalities of Keratea, Koropi, Fyli and the community of Grammatiko have filed lawsuits with the Council of State, demanding that authorities not be given permission to go ahead with the construction of the dumps. Meanwhile, the government is desperate to alleviate the problem of waste disposal in Attica as residents and local officials in Ano Liosia, the location of the capital’s main landfill, step up their protest to have the dump shut down. A first instance court is due to rule within the next few days whether the government can continue with the controversial dumping of sewage at Ano Liosia, as well as some 7,000 tons of garbage a day. The municipality has demanded that only 500 tons of garbage and no sludge at all be transferred there.

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