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Supreme Court affirms condemnation of junta for authorizing macro-farms without evaluating health and environmental risks

Supreme Court has dismissed for process Appeal Presented by the Xunta against the decision of the Superior Court of Xustiza de Galicia (TSXG), which revoked the expansion license of a chicken macro-farm in the city of Santa María de Congostro, in the municipality of Reyriz de Veiga, in the Ourense region Was. To Limia. According to the decision of the court, to which he has access publicSupreme has not participated no logic With which the Galician government wanted the ruling to be nullified.

On November 19, 2021, the controversial Chamber of TSXG nullified a proposal by the General Directorate of Environmental Quality and Climate Change of the junta’s environment ministry, approved two years earlier, authorizing the expansion of chicken macro-farms . The company is associated with Covirsa Freire, Coren,

This last company exploits intensively in this area. dozens of poultry and pig factories Through its management or through other firms or self-employed workers. The huge amount of waste from macrofarms left untreated in the environment has contaminated the soil and aquifers with nitrates from slurry and animal manure.

In particular, Covirsa wanted to expand its facilities in Reyriz de Veiga. double your potential, which would go from about 23,000 chickens per production cycle – about six cycles a year – to about 48,000. For this, and thanks to the authorization of the Junta, they built a new warehouse. a few meters from a house, Its owners appealed the license and the environmental impact report on which it was based, which did not even mention the existence of their home and in which they were not considered Influenced for the project.

Trucks pouring slurry as fertilizer in A. Limia. , handed over

TSXG fully followed their claim and concluded that the Xunta violated his rights the right to enjoy “health, personal and family privacy, inviolability of home and adequate environment”, and warned that the expansion of macro-farms poses “serious” health risks due to emissions of “dust, particulates, odours” and noise”, as well as ammonia and germs that can be transmitted to people “with incalculable consequences”.

polluting load

Similarly, magistrates held that the junta’s authorization had been issued without assessing the consequences of expansion on an area’s water resources. Red Nature 2000in which the environment has already been affected by livestock waste and in which any new exploitation has a clear impact on the environment’s ability to absorb more polluting load, “The description of environmental aspects that may be affected by the project and the lack of rigor in the assessment of its impacts are inadequate, partial, incomplete and vague,” the sentence established.

Xunta files a cassation appeal before the Supreme Court, an extraordinary figure that allows an appellant request cancellation The existence of jurisprudence imputing a judicial decision from another court which, in a similar case, has ruled in the opposite way.

Contaminated Water At One Of The Beaches Of The As Conchas Reservoir In A File Image.
Contaminated water at one of the beaches of the As Conchas Reservoir in a file image. , Limia’s environmental movement

In its decision of 14 December, the Supreme Court did not even accept the junta’s letter for processing for various reasons. Among others, it lacks appellate interest, as it does not provide contrary jurisprudence that can be married against the TSXG’s decision; and that the Zunta’s arguments do not provide a sufficient basis for the judges to assess the merits of the case.

The decision of the Supreme Court is final and there is no appeal against it. Sources close to families affected by the exploitation involving Coren expressed satisfaction with the Supreme Court’s decision and wished that TSXG’s decision be declared final and that the court order its removal as soon as possible. performance,

public He asked Coren about the matter at the time, but the company didn’t want to answer or give its version. At the end of this article, the Environment Ministry had not even responded to this newspaper’s offer to assess the Supreme Court’s decision.

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