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Claim for Portman in the twenty-first anniversary of the cessation of discharges (03/04/2011)

Union, April 3, 2011.

The mayor of La Union, Francisco Bernabé, has sent 100 letters to the highest national and international authorities to require the regeneration of the bay of Portman, a campaign that takes place to mark the 21 anniversary of the cessation of mining discharges to the bay the company eventually Peñarroya-Golf-Portman, which occurred on March 30, 1990.

The letters, sent to HM the King of Spain and Prince of Asturias, to members of state and regional governments, international institutions as a draft United Nations or the European Parliament, to the houses of Parliament, and national media as international, they want to show the validity of the "biggest environmental disaster ever occurred in the history of the Mediterranean Sea and the fact that" the damage still not repaired. "

In total there were more than three decades of discharges caused by mining activities of this multinational company abroad, 60 million tonnes of waste that flooded, "so inconceivable, had for its purpose with the approval of our government", says unionense the first mayor in the letter.

Barnabas explained that "we are in a historical situation, and state governments, regional and local levels have agreed, read and approved the project to regenerate the bay of Portman, which already has a favorable environmental impact statement and just needs" political will to bring to the Council of Ministers to approve the tendering of the works. "

Therefore, unionense Mayor calls for support from its partners not only to "pay a debt to our past" and see the bay as it was in 1957, but also to offer "a future for the entire county, sentenced to a shocking unemployment rates that they are likely to be solved only in the event of a successful regeneration. "

To this end, compared to the "trains only happen once in a lifetime", Francisco Bernabé forwarded to hundreds of recipients a copy of the book "Portman, 70's', he wrote Paco Martínez Baños, neighbor portmanero and former councilman unionense by UCD in the first term of democracy.

In his book, Hot picks up a wide repertoire of articles published in press on this drama during that period, "the story of a humiliation that still lingers, as critical in the prologue, a situation that far exceeds most recent disasters and have been the media as the "Prestige" or Aznalcóllar.

Source: Ayuntamiento de La Unión

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