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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.

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