A company from Vigo wants to be granted a license to process 90,000 tonnes of waste annually in the quarry in Casalonga, situated on the main road from Santiago to Padrón. This waste will include sewage, waste from canning factories, slurry from farming and the waste produced in abattoirs (carcasses and other animal remains). This would mean an annual mountain of waste three metres (10 ft) deep covering an area the size of the old town of Santiago de Compostela.
If the license is granted by the relevant administrations, work could start in 2018 or 2019.
The quarry is situated at an altitude of 200 metres (650ft), looking over the Maía valley. The leachates (contaminated, seeping residual water, high in mercury, cadmium and other toxins) will flow along the Texexe and Cornide streams and the river Tinto towards the river Sar and from here to the Ría de Arousa. They will liberate significant quantities of toxic gases and the site accumulate dangerously high levels of biogas.
The prevailing winds are from the northeast (the smells will travel towards Francos, Padrón, Rois and Vilagarcía) or from the southeast (towards Calo, Milladoiro and Santiago).
Heavy lorries will enter and leave the plant daily (every 5-10 minutes) travelling along the Santiago-Padrón main road, or from A Ramallosa-Casalonga.
There are a large number of populated areas within a 500 metre range, and under the level of an artificial lake that will be built on porous ground of dubious stability, and with just a sheet of protective plastic.
This company is from Vigo and has been fined on numerous occasions for contamination by the Xunta de Galicia. It has evcen been reported by an association of recycling businesses.
This plant will endanger the environmental and residential sustainability of the whole area to the south of Santiago. It will not provide jobs and wealth in the are, but will rather make it poorer in both terms of wealth and environmental impact. As is wont to happen in these cases, the company’s profit is our misery.
We are not going to stand by and allow our homes, and the homes of our parents, to be despoiled. Our source of wealth and happiness, the future of our families, all depend on us getting involved.
Because we respect these values and our way of life, we demand that Casalonga remain clean and free of waste.