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Petition for relocation of Sader and Profersa in Bilbao due to pollution

Maria Jose Gonzalez

April 19, 2024 | 7:59 a.m.

In a crucial action for public health and environmental well-being, we urge the Basque Government to deny the renewal of the Integrated Environmental Authorization (AAI) for the companies Sader (Sociedad Anónima de Decontamination and Disposal of Waste) and Profersa (Fertilizer Production) in its current locations in Bilbao. It is essential that these companies be moved to a location that suits their industrial activities, with the support and collaboration of the Bilbao City Council and the Agaleus Group, guaranteeing at the same time the protection of the labor rights of its workers.

Environmental impact and health risk

sader handles more than 86,000 tons of hazardous waste annually in the heart of Bilbao, including 12,000 tons of landfill leachate from A Coruña. This waste, transported daily by numerous trucks, aggravates pollution in a city that seeks to implement a Low Emissions Zone to improve air quality.

Additionally, Sader releases volatile organic compounds and PM2.5 particles, known for their harmful effects on cardiovascular and lung health, disproportionately affecting children, the elderly, and people with chronic conditions.

Professe, on the other hand, produces fertilizers using substances such as sulfuric acid, and emits dangerous gases such as hydrogen chloride and hydrogen fluoride. The fine particles emitted contribute to the degradation of air quality, putting the health of citizens at risk.

Need for relocation

The proximity of these facilities to residential areas, playgrounds, schools and sports centers is unacceptable. With 15% of the population of Euskadi residing in Bilbao, it is imperative that the Basque Government acts proactively to ensure that the operations of these companies do not further compromise the health of citizens or the environment.

Call to action

The Basque Government is requested:

  1. Not renewing the Integrated Environmental Authorization of Sader and Profersa under current conditions.
  2. Collaborate in the search for a new location suitable for these installations, away from densely populated areas.
  3. Ensure that any new location meets the highest environmental and safety standards, minimizing impact on the community and natural environment.
  4. Implement transparency measures and ensure public participation in the decision-making process.

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