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Parliament passes law on toxic environmental burdens after 8 years

Slovakia’s parliament passed a law on environmental burdens last week. After eight years of preparation, Environment Minister József Nagy (Most-Híd) hailed it as the law of the decade, the Sme daily wrote.

Slovakia’s parliament passed a law on environmental burdens last week. After eight years of preparation, Environment Minister József Nagy (Most-Híd) hailed it as the law of the decade, the Sme daily wrote.

The law enables municipalities to apply for money from the European Union to pay for disposal of toxic waste and remediation of environmental burden, Sme wrote on October 25.

After years of delay, passage of the law was assisted by last year's toxic disaster in the Hungarian town of Ajka. Sme wrote that the toxic waste dump at Devínska Kobyla and the sulphuric acid lakes near Podbrezová might now be remediated. Environmental burdens have been documented in 30,000 localities across Slovakia.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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