European Commission court action against Greece over water treatment failings.
THE EUROPEAN Commission is taking Greece to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over alleged failures to properly treat wastewater in 24 towns and cities. Brussels claims that the Greek government has failed to uphold standards that should have been in place by 2000 because of the urban wastewater treatment directive. Communities harmed by resulting excess pollution are Artemida, Rafina, Nea Makri, Koropi, Markopoulo, Megara, Nea Kydonia, Malia, Chrysoupoli, Porou-Galata, Tripoli, Katerini, Preveza, Litohoro, Zakynthos, Alexandreia, Lefkimi, Nafpaktos, Igoumentitsa, Thessaloniki-tourist zone, Irakleio, Edessa, Kalymnos and Paroikia Parou. A Commission statement said: "The lack of treatment means that the health of residents in these areas is being put at risk since untreated waste water can be contaminated with harmful bacteria and viruses. Untreated wastewater also contains nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous which can damage the marine environment by promoting excessive growth of algae that chokes off other life." The Commission was especially unhappy because "Greece is eligible for, and has received, considerable EU funding for improvements to its environmental infrastructure" and that "proper waste water treatment is ... an important factor in ensuring a thriving tourist industry" for Greece.
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|Publication:||International News Services.com|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2006|
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