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Pezinok activists ask that dump be banned

The civic initiative Waste Dumps Do Not Belong in Towns has asked the Bratislava Environment Inspection (IŽP) to open a new decision-making process concerning the Pezinok waste dump and to not allow its future operation, the TASR newswire wrote.

The civic initiative Waste Dumps Do Not Belong in Towns has asked the Bratislava Environment Inspection (IŽP) to open a new decision-making process concerning the Pezinok waste dump and to not allow its future operation, the TASR newswire wrote.

The activists argued that the verdict of Slovakia’s Supreme Court is binding for IŽP. TASR was informed by the initiative’s representative, Zuzana Čaputová, that the application for permission that was filed by the operator Ekologická skládka had grave legal flaws, thus the requirements for issuing permission or a license to operate the waste dump were not fulfilled. The court asked IŽP to study the dumps impact on environment. “Before, the public bodies avoided these steps,” Čaputová said.

The head of IŽP, Miroslav Held, told TASR in August that the body continues to allow the waste dump in Pezinok. He specified that IŽP will eliminate the flaws mentioned by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court in May overturned the decision by IŽP confirming the validity of integrated permission to build and operate the Pezinok waste dump.

The waste dump stirred a big controversy among citizens of Pezinok who have been trying to stop its construction. The license to build it was issued by the regional Construction Office in Bratislava, led at that time by Ján Man, Jr.(a Smer nominee), who owns 130,000 m2 of land under the potential dump, and who is the son of the chairman of the board of the Ekologická skládka company, Ján Man, Sr. Ján Man, Jr. later gave up his public position and became member of the company’s management. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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