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The Community is advancing in the partial emptying of the leachate basin from the Abanilla landfill, guaranteeing the safety and health of the population (06/06/2020)

| The works are included in the Community Budgets for 2020 with a budget of 1.4 million euros | The Community is progressing in the partial emptying of the leachate basin from the Abanilla landfill, from whose beginning 2,700 m3 have been extracted.

In total, the company in charge has made 95 trips of the tank truck, whose capacity per trip is 28.5 m3 / trip.

In this way, the Community is guaranteeing the absolute safety of the works, without leaking the leachate from the pond at any time. Since the beginning of the emptying, the work has been permanent.

It has been altered at some times by frequent rains in recent months that have prevented the correct access of heavy trucks to the loading point, due to the characteristics and conditions of the road they access. The works began on March 2, after the signing, on February 15, by the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, of the order for urgent actions, worth almost 400,000 euros, for the emptying of 7,000 m3 of the leachate basin. Secondly, once the actions on the leachate pond have been completed, work will begin to finish the sealing work on Vessel 0, with a budget of around one million euros.

This will conclude the sealing and closing actions for the landfill of domestic waste and other non-hazardous industrial waste. It should be noted that, according to official AEMET data, it has rained in Abanilla for 23 days in the months of March, April and May, with an accumulated rainfall of 150.7 l / m2.

Despite the significant rainfall, there has been no overflow or overflow of these leachates into the public channel, neither in this raft nor in any of the others that collect the leachates extracted from the different sealed vessels of the landfill.

all existing devices and pumps working properly. The Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment included a 1.4 million euro item in the Community Budgets for the partial emptying of the leachate basin and the sealing of the last glass of waste, thus ending a stabilization, sealing and control process of the landfill that since 2015 has been inactive. In this way, the work of a complex project will be completed and that, in recent years, has encountered additional difficulties due to the type of installation, the materials that have emerged, adverse weather phenomena, etc. Background of the Abanilla Landfill In 2001, prior to the Environmental Impact Statement, a project for the waterproofing of three glasses for the dumping of solid urban waste in the municipality of Abanilla was authorized, presented by the applicant company.

Subsequently, in May 2005, there was a slippage of vessel 1 already clogged over vessel 2, which was underway, and the subsequent fire in the affected vessels. This situation led the regional Administration to open a sanction file to the responsible company and, after finding new breaches, in 2011 the activity of the landfill was suspended, forcing it to present a restoration project, approved in 2013.

The company began the work, but it did not meet the execution deadlines, without actually completing them, and abandoned the restoration in October 2015. For this reason, the regional Administration assumed the subsidiary execution of the actions of the execution project for the restoration of the landfill in the Paraje La Solana, in the Sierra de Abanilla, and attending to the situation of serious danger to the environment and human health. Since then, it has been working progressively for its final sealing and restoration, adapting it to Royal Decree 1481/2001, which regulates the elimination of waste by landfilling.

Source: CARM

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