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The riverside municipalities will initiate the procedures for the Environmental Impact Statement to remove sludge and mud from the Mar Menor (01/07/2020)

| The mayor has proposed that the riverside mayors initiate the procedures with the appropriate technical means | The mayor of Cartagena, Ana Belén Castejón, has proposed that the riverside mayors initiate the procedures for the Environmental Impact Statement necessary to proceed with the removal of sludge and mud from the Mar Menor, with the appropriate technical means.

The petition has been endorsed by all the riverside mayors, as has been revealed in the meeting of the Interdepartmental Forum of the Mar Menor that was held this morning at the Palacio Consistorial de Cartagena."From the moment the Government of Spain, which is responsible for this action, tells us that we can undertake it, we must get down to work to respond to the needs of our Mar Menor.

We are going to put in place the procedures to start the Environmental Impact Statement and be able to act as soon as possible, although this requires time.

Until now, we always had to act with the permission of the Government, which is responsible, but given the latest responses from Hugo Morán, we understand that we can get started now, "said the mayor, Ana Belén Castejón.The mayor has referred to the last response by letter from the Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán, in which he transferred to the riverside mayors the possibility of taking over the cleaning of sludge and sludge despite the fact that this action It has always been the responsibility of the Government of Spain.On the other hand, the mayor has also proposed that the riverside mayors, accompanied by the Minister for the Environment, go to Madrid to meet with the Minister for Ecological Transition.

“We have to present our proposals and demands to him and look for solutions all together.

We have to mark a roadmap in which the short, medium and long term are clear.

The short term is as important as the long.

We cannot stand idly by, ”said Castejón.For his part, the Minister of the Environment, Antonio Luengo, has indicated that in recent months the situation of the Mar Menor has normalized, reaching 2018 levels.The meeting that was held this morning was also attended by the Deputy Mayor, Noelia Arroyo; the mayors of San Pedro del Pinatar and San Javier, Visitación García and José Miguel Luengo, respectively; the Minister of Tourism, Cristina Sánchez; the head of the Coastal Demarcation, Daniel Cabellero; and the general director of the Mar Menor, Miriam Pérez.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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