An appeal court in Andalucia, Spain, has decided that criminal proceedings against 25 people accused of gross negligence following the 1998 spillage from a mine tailings pond at Aznalcollar in southern Spain should be dropped. The appeal had been brought by the environment ministry, the Andalucian regional government and environmental NGOs in response to a local magistrate's decision to suspend criminal investigations into Spain's biggest environmental disaster (EED 08/01/01).
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