Regulating pollutants in the Asopos River

28 04 2010

ATHENS NEWS 26/04/2010, page: 18 Issue No. 13387

ENVIRONMENT Minister Tina Birbili on April 19 gave her second Asopos River press conference, announcing stricter limits on pollutants in surface waters.

For example, the legal limit for hexavalent chromium will now be reduced from 200μg/l, as had been stipulated by outdated legislation from 1979, to a new limit of 3μg/l.

Hexavalent chromium, or Cr(VI), is the carcinogenic compound that was found in drinking water in Hinkley, California, and made famous by Erin Brockovich.

Back on February 8, at Birbili’s first press conference about the Asopos, the minister promised to deliver a new legal framework within two months, which she has now partly delivered on.

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Η θέση των Οικολόγων Πράσινων για τις τελευταίες εξελίξεις στον Ασωπό

4 05 2009

Asopos river basin covers a total surface area of 450 km2 (East Attica and Viotia Districts), and extends to Evoikos Gulf. Seven Municipalities, a population of some 200.000 inhabitants, are located in the broad Asopos area, which is the largest industrial region of Greece, supporting 1300 Industrial facilities: Metal processing agrochemical, and food/beverage industries among others. In 1979, the river was appointed by the Regional Authorities (Prefectures of Attica and Viotia) as receiver of industrial sewage, this treaty is still in effect. As a result, the river and groundwater have been subject to long-term industrial pollution.

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Οικολόγοι Πράσινοι. Θέσεις για Ασωπό μετά την ημερίδα του Ευρωκοινοβουλίου

Polluters suspended from eco-cert scheme

4 05 2009


ΠΗΓΗ: Athens News

IN THE first move of its kind, the Greek environment ministry agency responsible for monitoring the environmental performance of companies has decided to remove two polluting firms from its register.

At its meeting on March 16, the Greek EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) Committee decided to suspend the registration of paint manufacturer Berling ABEE and Aluminco AE, which produces aluminium.

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4 05 2009

SOURCE: Environment&Food

Concerning the pollution of the area and its consequences on the environment and public health, a Conference was organized at the European Parliament, by the European Green Party, in cooperation with the Ecologists-Greens (of Greece) and the Institute for Local Sustainable Development and Culture (ITAP). The Conference took place on April 15, 2009, and its subject was:

“Unsustainable Patterns of Water and Industrial Waste Management in Greece: The cases of Asopos River Basin, Lake Koroneia and Korinthiakos Gulf”.

This Conference proved an important tool regarding information and effective pressure, since among other things:


Chromium in Drinking Water Causes Cancer

2 03 2009


February 20, 2009
National Toxicology Program results «clearly» indicate that the heavy metal is carcinogenic

By Marla Cone and Environmental Health News

A controversial water contaminant made famous by Erin Brockovich and a small California desert town is carcinogenic.

That conclusion by federal scientists, culminating more than a decade of debate, is likely to trigger new, more stringent standards limiting the amount of hexavalent chromium allowable in water supplies.

It’s been known for about 20 years that people can contract lung cancer when inhaling hexavalent chromium, also known as Chromium VI. But until now, toxicologists have been uncertain whether it causes cancer when swallowed.

National Toxicology Program scientists reported that their two-year animal study «clearly demonstrates» that the compound is carcinogenic in drinking water. Mice and rats contracted malignant tumors in their small intestines and mouths when they drank water containing several different doses of hexavalent chromium.

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Asopos ‘contaminating food’

20 02 2009

Source: Kathimerini Newspaper

High traces of toxins in river water have tainted agricultural produce on sale in shops, street markets, study finds

New laboratory tests have shown that toxic substances in the water of the Asopos River in central Greece are also present in the agricultural produce being sold in the street markets and supermarkets of Athens.

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Οι μεθοδεύσεις της βιομηχανίας για τα όρια στο εξασθενές χρώμιο

18 11 2008

Είναι ένα «βαρύ» επιστημονικό κείμενο και επιπλέον είναι στα Αγγλικά.

Αλλά αξίζει. Διαβάστε τις μεθοδεύσεις της βιομηχανίας στις ΗΠΑ για τα όρια στο εξασθενές χρώμιο.


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International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health