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Waste from airport dumped in fields

Athens International Airport has been illegally dumping liquid waste and rainwater in nearby fields and vineyards, which has put public health at risk, the Ombudsman said yesterday. The airport at Spata, east of Athens, began operating in March 2001 and, according to the Ombudsman’s report, has been dumping potentially toxic liquids from the servicing of aircraft. No action will be taken on the matter as the airport has already developed a plan to treat its liquid waste and the equipment is expected to be in place soon. The airport has also pledged to complete a drainage network to prevent rainwater flowing into surrounding fields and vineyards, which are still used by farmers, and eventually into the Erasinos River that flows through eastern Attica.