Sewage fines in the works
Seventeen years after the deadline expired, authorities are scrambling to find a way to comply with European Union sewage treatment regulations at two municipalities in Attica before hefty fines start kicking in following a final ruling by the European Court of Justice next week.
The ministries of Environment and Interior yesterday held a meeting with regional and local authorities, as well as the head of the Athens Water Supply & Sewage Company (EYDAP), to discuss the issue, which has been held up by rows over who should have the final say on whether SpataArtemida and Rafina-Pikermi, northeast of Athens, should be connected to the treatment plant on the islet of Psyttaleia or have their own plants.
A tree that was uprooted by strong winds in Ilia, in the northwestern Peloponnese, during a powerful storm on Wednesday is seen yesterday. Authorities were assessing the weather-related damage to crops, public infrastructure and private properties yesterday, with local media saying that a shelter for stray animals in Pyrgos, in the same region, had been particularly badly hit.