Saturday, January 28, 2023

Lujan: Justice stopped the development of a sanitary landfill to replace the largest open-air dump in the country

In it lujan’s buenos aires party got it Country’s biggest open air dump, 120,000 kg of garbage is dumped there every 24 hours. More than a year ago, the municipality proposed as a possible solution to this environmental disaster Construction of a sanitary landfill and a waste treatment plant, However, the choice of land where, in theory, they would carry out this development, generated a conflict with nearby residents, who see the project as a threat to their farms, which in some cases are large organic orchards. Or there are places dedicated to polo. horse breeding.

For this reason, in the file of a collective environmental protection action filed against the company Eva SA (which had provided a large part of the works), the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation, the Municipality of Luján and the Administration Agency of the State Property (AABE ), The federal judge of Quilmes, Luis Armela, granted a preventive measure yesterday through which he ordered the extension of the injunction With the “Project for the Design, Construction and Operation of the Lujan Environmental Center and Open-Air Dump Sanitation” in the City of Open Door.

More than 100 tons of waste per day are dumped in Lujan’s open fields without any pre-treatment.Fabian Marelli – The Nation

While residents who own land where the sanitary landfill was planned to be developed, celebrated the measure, From the municipality of Luján – headed by Leonardo Boto (Frente de Todos) – he preferred not to give an opinion on the matter at this time. and went ahead Nation That in front of the court, recyclers from landfills and other districts are gathering to protest.

Based on its resolution, Armela warned about the “irreversible consequences” in terms of “environmental, social and cultural” of the open-air dump, but also about the “impact on environmentally healthy properties such as the Sucre property”, Which will be used as a waste disposal center with consequences for the environment and the residents of that place.”

Thus, the magistrate—which refers to jurisprudence in environmental matters, including justices of the nation’s highest court— supported the position of the residents, who supported the need to treat the dump on occasion, but in one of 170 alternative properties they proposed To which the officials did not pay attention.

Talo Verde, The Organic Garden Company Is Located Just One Kilometer From Where The Sanitary Landfill Will Be Built
Talo Verde, the organic garden company is located just one kilometer from where the sanitary landfill will be builtCourtesy: Green Stem

Also, while tasks must be deferred, Armela provided a period of at least six months for experts from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) to conduct the relevant feasibility studies.,

“Providing a prohibition to innovate with respect to the status of the open-air dump object of this action and the Sucre property, in particular, with respect to the latter, the commencement of works, preparatory work or any material change involved in the project; neither The status of its current residents, the conditions of their residence or occupation, may not be modified nor may measures be implemented in the administrative area that alter the status of dominion or the transfer of possession of property. In the process, Prior to environmental decision-making, examples of citizen participation should be respected, while promoting effective intervention of the community potentially affected in the process,” reads the magistrate’s brief.

,Failure is an aberration. The project is supported in all its instances by the Inter-American Development Bank., The judge declares a precautionary measure for the works of a project that will end up with the largest and oldest open-air dump in Argentina, but nevertheless alleges that he does so in order to preserve the environment”, Sergio Fedorovsky, Deputy Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of the nation.

Viviana Novela is the owner of Talo Verde, an organic garden that, according to him, feeds what he says is a “half-open gate community”, the small town within the district of Luján where the new waste disposal project was intended to be carried out. Part of the initiative included using eight hectares of property next to the train tracks, in front of the historic but already disused Sucre station, to create a sanitary landfill. The land was located just one kilometer from the Tallo Verde greenhouse, which today is located two kilometers from the landfill. Novell feared the project would be the endpoint for his company, which employs 120 people between the orchard and a few suppliers.

“The precautionary measure recognizes the irreversible damage of proceeding with something that could contaminate an intact property and asks UBA to release it. Let’s say it’s worth asking for technical support. Even more so when a project is undertaken that does not have authorization from the provincial environment ministry, on land whose rezoning was not valid and only has a indefinite use permit. Till now whatever apprehensions the neighbors had, it was fulfilled. My land is adjacent to the property where they will be building the landfill and neither my neighbors nor I were contacted by the mayor. Meanwhile, waste continues to accumulate in open dumps”, describes Nouvel.

Gustavo Zuleta, Director of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Maimonides University, A video created by residents of The Open Door expressed the positive and negative aspects of this group.: “The positive thing is that it has sufficient soil and does not have water-logging problems. The downside is that it means rezoning a historic conservation site. [en referencia a la estación Sucre] for an industrial one; Another is that it has the disapproval of the neighbors, no one wants a sanitary landfill next to their house. In general, they are consulted and then the site that generates the least conflict is chosen. That was not done in this case.” And he continued: “Besides, these sanitary landfills are estimated to have 30 or 40 years and this site will have a useful life of 10 or 15, and then we’ll have the same problem again. “

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