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Iouryb Nov 01, 2015 12:09 PM
Dear all,
In the second half of October, I was on vacation in the southern part of Tenerife Island at Las Americas district.
On 22nd of October, approximately at 14:00 we were surfing in the ocean in the area of beach at Playa Honda, Las Americas, calle Francisco Andrade Fumero.
During the exercise, it began to rain rather heavily, and smell of sewage appeared soon after the rain. Afterwards a lot of trash appeared in the water, including personal hygiene products, pieces of toilet paper and excrements. Apparently, some hotels are dumping waste into the ocean or sewage treatment plants are not functioning properly.
I questioned several employees of local shops and restaurants, and they confirmed that such issues appear on regular basis during the rain. Witnesses have complained to authorities and police in this respect, however, to no effect.
Please advise me who I should apply to concerning this problem in order to prevent inadmissible pollution of the ocean, detrimental to the environment and tourists’ health. According to information of people who practice surfing in this area, several surfers suffered from diarrheal diseases after similar occasion.

Sincerely yours,
Yuri Bozhor, Moscow, Russia
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EEA Nov 05, 2015 12:14 PM
Please be advised that European environmental legislation is beyond the Agency’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies. It is the EU Commission, which has the responsibility of making new legislative proposal and has the responsibility of overseeing that Member States act in accordance with EU law. You may contact the Directorate-General for the Environment of the EU Commission with your observation/complaint via their website: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/legal/law/complaints.htm.
Kind regards.