Asopos set for more pollution
Authorities are planning the creation of a large industrial zone and an energy hub in the broader region of Viotia, central Greece, where pollution is already at high levels due to the uncontrolled dumping of toxic waste in the Asopos River, Skai TV and radio has learned. According to an investigation by Skai, the industrial zone is slated for development in the municipality of Thisvi and the energy center near the city of Thebes. Laboratory tests on drinking water in the communities of Oinofyta, and more recently Thebes, have revealed high levels of toxic chromium. Residents have blamed higher-than-usual rates of cancer in their community on the polluted drinking water, though tests have not confirmed any link. Last month, European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas criticized authorities for failing to stop local manufacturers from dumping toxic waste into the Asopos River, which also supplies Athenians with drinking water.