Signs of hope in Ker­atea row

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The be­gin­ning­sof a break­through ap­peared to emerge yes­ter­day in the dead­lock be­tween authorities and res­i­dents of Ker­atea, a vil­lage south­east of Athens, who have been ve­he­mently op­pos­ing the con­struc­tion of a land­fill in the area.

Of­fi­cials rep­re­sent­ing the broader mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Lavreotiki pro­posed the con­struc­tion of a san­i­tary waste fa­cil­ity and a garbage pro­cess­ing plant on a site next to the old lo­cal land­fill. Ac­cord­ing to sources, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Tina Bir­bili is re­cep­tive to the pro­posal in prin­ci­ple as it does not change the gov­ern­ment’s broader waste plan­ning strat­egy dra­mat­i­cally. How­ever she asked for cer­tain mod­i­fi­ca­tions in­clud­ing an in­crease in the vol­ume of waste that would be sent to the fa­cil­i­ties. Nor­mally the next stage would be for Bir­bili to sub­mit the pro­posal for ap­proval from her su­pe­ri­ors, but in view of yes­ter­day’s rapid po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments this step is likely to be post­poned in­def­i­nitely.

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