Wednesday, December 2

The Platform for a Sustainable Port achieves the support of the Courts against the plant to move fuel


Partial view of the industrial area of ​​the port of Alicante.

Partial view of the industrial area of ​​the port of Alicante.
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The Platform for a Sustainable Port, made up of various neighborhood and environmental groups, appeared the day before yesterday at the petition commission of the Valencian Courts to urge all parliamentary groups to promote initiatives from the Corts to reject the Puert fuel macro plantor. A rejection that the platform hopes will result in the competent ministries in environmental and security matters not authorizing what is not doubted in qualifying as a real time bomb for the city of Alicante and its protected natural marine environment. The matter is still on hold pending the ruling of a judge in Alicante, since the promoter of the project filed a complaint with the City Council after the City Council has not granted the license.

The representative of the platform, Sol Garcín, president of one of the neighborhood groups integrated in the platform, the AVV Gran Vía Sur Puerto, explained to the representatives of all the parliamentary groups and to the president of the Corts, the seriousness of the environmental problem and security that would suppose that this macroplanta will settle in the Port of Alicante, with

100,000 tons of capacity in a first phase that could be expanded in a second phase to 700,000 tons of fossil fuels, according to the platform.

He also pointed out the direct proximity of the macro-plant with two other dangerous facilities that continue to operate in the Port of Alicante, an asphalt bitumen plant and a fertilizer factory, being able to give a domino effect of unpredictable consequences, being mentioned as an example of what could happen in Alicante the case of the tragic explosion that the city of Beirut suffered last August due to the massive storage in its port of nitrate of ammonium, depending on the platform.

All the parliamentary groups, in their interventions after that of Garcín, expressed unanimously, with greater or lesser forcefulness, their macroplant rejectionA and your support for the claims of the platform. Garcín highlighted in his speech that the macro plant was incomprehensibly authorized by the Alicante Port Authority board of directors when approving on July 25, 2019 a concessionary modification that the Platform has appealed to the courts of Justice through one of the groups that make it up.

In relation to this appeal, the platform indicates that last July it formalized its claim before the Contentious-Administrative Court No. 2 de Alicante by writing

of 22 pages in which different legal bases are articulated on the basis of which the nullity of the concessionary modification, from the non-adjustment of the new use to the uses specified in the concession still in force granted in 2003, to the breach of the agreement signed in 1995 by the Port Authority itself so that the Port of Alicante would not host a facility of these characteristics again, passing for non-compliance with the specifications.

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