The mayor of Buenavista del Norte, Antonio González Fortes, announced yesterday the allegations included in the defense document presented against the sanctions of the Insular Water Council (Ciatf) because he considers that the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) does not It has the necessary administrative authorization to be able to purify and discharge wastewater to the ground.
He did so accompanied by the first deputy mayor, Ángeles González, to demonstrate the unity of the municipal government, made up of Sí se Podemos and the Canary Islands Coalition, before the sanctioning file related to the WWTP, located on the access road to the beach of Los Boatmen.
In this context, both exposed the “contradictions and incongruities” of the document, which is part of the debate around the purification of wastewater in the Isla Baja, for which the local Executive proposes extensive natural purification against construction of a regional WWTP, rejected by the citizens and the rest of the mayors.
One of these contradictions refers to the alleged lack of administrative authorization for the WWTP, which would result in a fine of 200 euros for the City Council. “The Ciatf falls into the contradiction of proposing in February 2021 for the first time a fine for this reason after having warned the City Council in June 2020 that it was going to declare its expiration, thereby recognizing the existence of said authorization, to the one that has not been declared expiration at the moment ”, indicated the president.
According to Fortes, all the allegations and documents delivered by the City Council to the Ciatf in this regard “have been ignored by this insular body to the point that on October 26, it added a second sanction for alleged acts classified as very serious, amounting to 42,359 euros for damages to the hydraulic public domain due to some supposed spills that are not identified ”.
The aforementioned file does not indicate which waters are affected nor does it specify the damage caused to the public hydraulic domain, nor does it have any technical report that determines the damage associated with said sanction. “The absorbing well in the WWTP is outside the public hydraulic domain and given that the Ciatf is unable to identify or specify the mass of continental water that has been damaged by the spill, we understand that it also shares this approach,” said the mayor. .
As if that were not enough, he certified that the installation of the WWTP was in charge of the General Directorate of Water of the Government of the Canary Islands between 1987 and 1999 and its construction was subsidized by the Ministry of Public Works, an evidence that at that time it had the authorizations necessary and therefore shows that the ICATf refers to a later law.
Both leaders considered that the sanction proposal “is a retaliation against this government group” that works to improve the process of purifying and dumping wastewater into the subsoil, which has also been the same for at least 15 years.
The mayor rejects the Ciatf manager for his bias
The mayor challenged the manager of the Ciatf, Javier Dávara, and instructor of the case for his partiality, who has also maintained “an active confrontation with the local government and has participated in multiple meetings maintaining an attitude that is directly contrary to the proposals of the Consistory” . In this sense, it recalls that the Supreme Court supports the criterion according to which “the impartiality of the sanctioning body is an inexcusable requirement so that the right of defense can be considered duly respected in a disciplinary file