Refusal to close notorious landfill in Moscow Region upheld
MOSCOW, October 23 (RAPSI) – The Moscow District Commercial Court has upheld refusal to close a notorious solid waste landfill Yadrovo in Volokolamsk, a town in the Moscow Region, according to court records.
The court has therefore dismissed an appeal filed by the town’s authorities.
The Volokolamsk town administration disputed the decision of the Moscow District Commercial Court of April 18, and that of the Tenth Commercial Court of Appeals of July 17.
The courts held that the damage to the environment could be removed with the further exploitation of the landfill but in compliance with legislation.
The Volokolamsk authorities filed their lawsuit last summer. The defendant in the case is Yadrovo company.
On June 19, 2018, the Volokolamsk City Court of the Moscow Region dismissed a lawsuit lodged by residents of the area, who asked to recover 1.4 million rubles ($21,800) in compensation from a company behind Yadrovo landfill.
The plaintiffs asked to compensate their moral damages, stop collection and transportation of waste by the company and organize redevelopment measures at the landfill.
According to the claimants, the company failed to meet its obligations regarding management of the site and violated their Constitutional right to live in beneficial environment and caused deterioration to the health of local residents.
The defendants said that there was no cause and consequence effect between gas emissions and health problems of the plaintiffs, asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit. Local authorities also supported that motion.
Earlier, the court dismissed several other lawsuits against the landfill.
In March 2018, the Volokalamsk district’s authorities initiated emergency protocol and announced measures to liquidate the consequences of ecological violations during exploitation of the landfill. Yadrovo company was fined 150,000 rubles ($2,300) by the Volokolamsk City Court.