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Befesa denies that there is data that shows that the air quality in Nerva fails to meet legally established standards

Nerva (Huelva), 16 December 2009. In relation to the information published today by various media on the air quality in Nerva and its alleged relationship to Befesa's industrial waste management centre in this town, the management of the company wishes to state the following:

  • That as at today, there is no data that shows that the air quality in Nerva fails to meet normal parameters. Befesa has contacted the senior members of the research team at the University of Huelva, which works on air quality measurements in the area, who have denied that any information from the aforementioned study has been provided, since it is not due to be completed until next year.
  • Befesa is confident that the different measurements will confirm that the air quality in Nerva meets the indices established by law. Befesa urges caution with regard to statements about the official results of the research by the University of Huelva and the study carried out in November by a mobile unit of the Department of the Environment from the regional government of Andalusia.
  • Once again, Befesa denies that it is in any way responsible for the bad odours reported in the area, since our facilities comply with all aspects of prevailing legislation and are permanently subjected to strict controls by the public administration. The company is carrying out its own study of the case, whose findings will be known in the first quarter of 2010.
  • To clarify that Befesa Gestión de Residuos Industriales has complied with its commitment to construct a discharge system in order to prevent the formation of dust clouds. Notwithstanding, there have been no incidents in the waste disposal operations.
  • The Nerva Centre holds an Integrated Environmental Licence (Autorización Ambiental Integrada; AAI), which endorses Befesa's work and projects carried out in this municipality.
  • Finally, Befesa would like to point out that in August 2007 the Provincial Court of Huelva dismissed claims made by various groups due to the absence of any environmental offence.

For more information:

Patricia Malo de Molina. 630 0508 24

Sebastián García. 955 60 02 03 - 619 074 247