Greece condemned over vanishing sewage
The European court of justice has condemned Greece for breaching the EU urban wastewater treatment directive by failing to collect wastewater from a large agglomeration in Attica. Greece argued that all Thriasio Pedio's sewage was picked up by road tanker rather than being discharged to the Gulf of Elefsina, officially a "sensitive area". Since Greece put the tankers' capacity at 3,000 cubic metres per day but Thriasio Pedio - an agglomeration of at least 80,000 population equivalent - produces 25,000 cubic metres, this was hardly possible, the court concluded. See judgement in case C-119/02.