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ntheodoul May 07, 2013 06:44 PM
Dear everyone,
I am a resident in Ptolemais,a city in the north-west of Greece which is known for its coal mines(superficial excavation).
I woul like to inform everyone as no one appears to be interested of the following:
-the state -owned mines are now almost 200m deep and in places where the coal (lignite) is finished,the local waste disposal company is disposing waste ,rubbish and God know else what.
-only yesterday it has been found that in nearby villages chromium has been found in the water and it is known that cancer in the area is HIGH!!!
PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mr N Theodoulidis
Orthopaedic Surgeon
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EEA May 13, 2013 11:05 AM
Hi Mr Theodoulidis

Thank you for your message to the forum.

As you may know, the European Environment Agency has no legal mandate for providing legal or technical assistance, nor powers of investigation, related to information contained in your post.

However, under the Treaty establishing the European Community, the European Commission is responsible for ensuring that Community law is correctly applied. Anyone may lodge a complaint with the Commission against an EU Member State about any measure, which is considered to be incompatible with Community law.

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