The Civil Guard investigates 7 people as alleged authors of a Crime against Natural Resources and the Environment

Responsible investigators and workers from various companies take advantage of rainy days to carry out polluting discharges into the hydraulic public domain

The Civil Guard in the framework of the "BLACKWATER" operation investigates 7 people as alleged members of an organized plot made up of members of the same family, who run two companies, for carrying out polluting spills into the public hydraulic domain, taking advantage of rainy days and at night to avoid detection. Those investigated used a network of companies to hinder possible investigations and the action of justice.

The investigation began last August when agents from the Nature Protection Service of the Civil Guard of Jaén inspected the facilities of a company, in the municipality of Mengíbar (Jaén), dedicated to the management of oils and fats from vegetable origin for transformation into by-products for the production of biodiesel.
The agents observed how a hose was being used in a nearby raft that directly poured an oily substance flowing into the stream on the ground, taking samples of the wastewater that was delivered for analysis to the Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation.
They also located a raft filled with a deep black oily liquid, in which plastic debris from raw materials used in the raft accumulated without waterproofing. This raft had numerous leaks on a non-waterproof surface that also generated a spill on the ground.
The agents verified how several direct discharges of industrial wastewater into the public channel had been carried out. These discharges coincided with periods of meteorological precipitation. These presented a strong smell and an intense dark color that increased the flow of the stream, managing to get rid of the industrial waste generated in the manufacturing process and thus dilute the waste between storm water. These discharges ended at the Guadalbullón River, a tributary of the Guadalquivir River, a space protected by the Red Natura 2000 (network of biodiversity conservation areas in the European Union.).
For all these reasons, the researchers subjected this company to surveillance, detecting how on rainy days this company dumped wastewater into the stream. After taking samples of this spill and sending them for analysis to the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences of Seville, they turned out to have a high concentration of heavy metals that due to their special toxicity can cause damage to the quality of the receiving waters, posing a risk for the balance of the natural systems and that depending on the flow and the continuity of the same can cause damages to the quality of the soil.


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