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Greece to be fined over toxic waste




The European Union called on 25.09.2014 for Greece to be fined nearly 15 million euros for failing to dispose of hazardous waste properly.

The European Commission, the EU's executive, recommended that Athens be fined by the European Court of Justice for not complying with a 2009 ruling.

It said Greece lacked a management plan to dispose of material like medical waste and cancer-causing chemicals that linger in the environment.

Greece should also be fined another 73,000 euros per day until it meets its obligations, he added.

The EU estimates around 320,000 tonnes of hazardous waste are currently stored in temporary facilities in Greece.






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