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tcooper Jul 19, 2019 07:29 AM
Hello - I hope someone can help me.

I live in Tenerife and for the past 18 months untreated effluent/sewerage has been discharging into the sea near to our community. The local council say they have tried to deal with it but it's 'difficult'. During this time I have seen very little evidence of any work, apart from a repair vessel out at sea about 8 months ago for about 10 days and which I am told was trying to repair a broken pipe.

In this 18 months many residents have been violently sick including myself, wife and children on more than one occasion. Visitors have also been sick and our lives are becoming unbearable. The effluent is often seen floating on top of the sea and the only obvious response by the council has been to close the beach

Our lives are becoming miserable

I have also reported the issue to the State (Cabildo de Tenerife) but they have ignored my communication

I am trying to search for a National Regulator to whom I can send a report of this illegal activity and the failure of the local authority to deal with it but I cannot find any such place.

I would be very grateful if anyone can give me the details of where I can escalate this complaint so that something can get done to protect the health of my family and others in the local community

Thank you
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EEA Jul 19, 2019 10:12 AM
Dear M. 'Tcooper',

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The EEA produces reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe in its attempt to improve the environment and move towards sustainability in Europe.

Please be aware that European environmental legislation is beyond the EEA’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies and has no mandate for providing legal or technical assistance for complaints relating to environmental legislation, and no powers of investigation related to the issue you raise in your message.

Under the Treaty establishing the European Community, the European Commission is responsible for ensuring that European Community law is correctly applied. Anyone may lodge a complaint with the European Commission against a European Member State about any measure, which is considered to be incompatible with Community law. However, to be admissible, a complaint has to relate to an infringement of Community law by a Member State.

You may contact the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission directly, or register a complaint at[…]/complaints_en.htm. See also

We hope this information may be useful to you and we hope that the situation that you describe will find a suitable outcome.

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