Friday, May 27, 2005

Junta intensifies efforts to combat Campo Pollution

The Junta de Andalucia has placed the Campo de Gibraltar industrial complex on round-the-clock pollution watch.

As from Monday, a five-man team of technicians will keep a close eye on the industry’s environmental standards 24 hours a day.

Using complex portable equipment, the team will sample air quality and emission levels, as well as gather physical and visual evidence of any pollution incidents in the area.

Junta environmental councillor Fuensanta Coves announced the measure in Algeciras yesterday in response to recent campaigns by residents and environmental groups in the area.

She insisted that the industrial complex complied with environmental legislation, but nonetheless recognised that “isolated” pollution incidents inevitably had an impact on the population in the Campo de Gibraltar.

According to the Europa Press news agency, Ms Coves said the Junta would intensify its efforts to reduce pollution, particularly of sulphur dioxide, by proposing new legislation to cut legal limits on emissions.

The work would start immediately, she said, though she added no further detail. “It is possible for industry to reduce its gas emissions and this is what we are going to try and do,” she concluded.

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