Somebody has been dumping corrugated sheets of asbestos along a hiking track in Motril. The Junta is now investigating these cases of fly tipping.
All told, the Junta de Andalucía is looking into seven cases of illegal dumping up in the hills above Motril, dotted along 24 kilometres of a hiking route in the area known as La Bullarenga.
Town Hall inspectors have also found illegal dumps in La Nacla and Cerro del Toro areas. The dumps are on four different properties, all privately owned, bordering on a publicly owned track belonging to the Town Hall and mountain land belonging to the Junta.
The Environmental Department of the Town Hall wants to deny access along this track, using chains across it. Some of the tracks in the Bullarenga area have been tarmacked and have always used as rural lanes and public footpaths.
The Mayor, Luisa García Chamorro, says that irresponsible people have been dumping this dangerous material in public beauty spots despite the fact that the municipal dump (Punto Limpio) is nearby.
The use of any kind of asbestos has been forbidden in Spain since 2001 because prolonged exposure to it can cause lung cancer and other malignant tumours.
Until then it was widely used as roof sheeting and fibre-cement pipes yet very few people dispose of it in the correct manner. In fact, there are companies specialising in removing and disposing of this kind of material
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)