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Decision to fill Itoiz dam under attack

Spain's regional government and water authorities on Friday ordered the test filling of the controversial Itoiz dam in Navarre, two years later than initially announced (EED 09/02/01). Opponents of the dam responded by threatening the environment minister and regional politicians with criminal proceedings. They argue that an obligatory emergency evacuation plan had not been implemented "despite the predictably serious consequences if the filling process goes ahead". The long-running legal and environmental battle over Itoiz has centred on the dam's structural safety and the legality of the environmental impact assessment process. See Navarre government.

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