GNR detects illegal discharge of effluents in Covilhã – Portugal

The GNR detected, in the municipality of Covilhã, an illegal discharge of effluents from a food processing industry, the police organization informed this Tuesday.

In a statement sent to the agency Portuguese, the Territorial Command of Castelo Branco explains that the situation was detected through the Environmental Protection Nucleus, on Thursday, following a complaint.

According to the information, the military “found that the discharge came from a food processing industry that carried out the illegal discharge of effluents directly to the ground through a storage pond, next to the water line there in Ribeira Caia, a tributary of the River Zêzere, without any kind of mechanism to ensure its purification”.

“Following this action, an administrative offense was prepared, which was sent to the Portuguese Environment Agency, IP / Administration of the Hydrographic Region of the Center, punishable by a fine of up to 144 thousand euros”, he adds.

GNR emphasizes that it is “strongly committed to raising awareness and ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory provisions relating to the conservation and protection of nature and the environment”.

It also adds that any environmental doubts or complaints should be directed to the SOS Ambiente e Território Line (808 200 520), which operates permanently.

Source: Correio da Manhã by

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