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Spain in legal hot water over farm waste

A European court of justice advisor has recommended that Spain be condemned for contravening the EU's waste framework directive by allowing operation of a large pig farm in Almeria, southern Spain and the urban wastewater directive by failing to properly treat wastewater from the agglomeration of Vera. Animal slurry from industrial farming should be considered waste even if then used as a fertiliser, said a court advocate general. However, she rejected claims that Spain had also breached the EU groundwater, nitrates and environmental impact assessment directives. See opinion in case C-416/02.

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