Environment Agency shuts factory polluting the Rio Almonda

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sewagepipeThe Portuguese Environment Agency has been doing its job by closing down a factory that for years has been pumping toxic waste into a Portuguese river.
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The factory is owned by Fabrióleo whose owners have allowed its output to pollute the Rio Almonda with oils and chemicals.
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The decision to shut down the site was taken by the Portuguese Environment Agency and Agência para a Competitividade e Inovação (IAPMEI).
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In fact, the plant was ordered¬ to be shut down as of January 30th this year but carried on regardless as the law allows 30 days within which a defence can be lodged in court.
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It took five surveys of the factory’s processes for the Environment Agency to act, with the back-up of IAPMEI which had analysed the health and environmental aspects of the plant's operation.
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The company, based in Torres Novas, produces specialist vegetable oils, but according to the Portuguese Environment Agency, "the wastewater treatment system presents environmental risks and a high potential for the formation of highly toxic compounds with negative impact on the bodies of water downstream of the discharge.‚ÄĚ
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Next on the Environmental Agency's list is Celtejo and the foam pollution outbreak on the Tagus.


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