Refusal to close notorious landfill in Moscow Region challenged in Russian Supreme Court
MOSCOW, November 25 (RAPSI) – The administration of the Moscow Region’s town of Volokolamsk have filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Russia against lower courts’ refusal to shut down a notorious solid waste landfill Yadrovo, according to court records.
The Volokolamsk town administration disputed decisions of the Moscow District Commercial Court of April 18, the Tenth Commercial Court of Appeals of July 17 and the Moscow District Commercial Court of October 23.
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.