THE COSTA BRAVA CHALLENGE
Parking baled waste next to the airport (until an offshore sanitary landfill could be completed) predictably attracted hungry birds. Fears for aviation safety led to new bird-repellent equipment being installed near the airport (among other “solutions”), but also resulted in judicial action. In January, a judge ordered the so-called Costa Brava landfill closed within four months.
EXECUTIVE was unable to reach the judge, however Sabine Ghosn from the Ministry of Environment offers some insight as to why there’s no scramble to find a replacement for Costa Brava in the face of the looming closure. “The judgment itself said the closure wasn’t a final decision,” she explains. Ghosn says neither the Bourj Hammoud nor the Costa Brava landfills were subject to legally required environmental impact assessments before construction began. However, she says the ministry is following up with all concerned stakeholders on “environmental management plans” for the two sites, an effort to mitigate environmental damage from the two offshore landfills.