Ferreira do Alentejo: Civil lawsuit against Fortes factory.

Inhabitant of the Fortes demands compensation from more than 260 thousand euros to the bagasse factory. In the lawsuit filed at the Beja Court, the plaintiff requires AZPO to repair property damage, namely health.

A woman 58 year old, resident at the Fortes site, Ferreira do Alentejo county, filed a common lawsuit in the Civil Court of Beja, demanding payment of more than 260 thousand euros, for damages of patrimonial and non-patrimonial nature, to AZPO-Azeites de Portugal, company linked to the Migasa Group, the second largest olive oil packer in the world.

AZPO has been operating an industrial unit for the use of olive pomace for a decade, that through physical and chemical processes, extracts fat for the production of biofuels and biomass, vegetable oil or cosmetic products. And it’s concentrated fumes and ash particles, soot and residues, expelled by the chimneys that have deserved the population's challenge environmental associations and political parties.

In the civil action to which Lidador Notícias (LN) We had access, Rosa Dimas, resident there 10 years in place, accuses AZPO of being the cause of its health problems that arose in the middle of 2017, when he started to suffer from respiratory problems. In view of the various problems he suffered during various periods of time, he had to leave his home in Fortes and go to live with a son., not Luxembourg, where she was subjected to exams.

In addition to having attended consultations in several places, health centers and private specialists, in view of what he says was the worsening of the state of health, Rosa Dimas justifies that she called GNR several times but that AZPO “ignores” her requests and that of the population, and “the administrative infraction notices that were raised”, justified.

The woman also maintains that the factory's work led to, on your property with 102 hectares where you have the home, had to stop breeding to sell several animals: “I came to have 16 goats, 20 sheep, 50 basic, 7 peacocks, 50 fracas, 50 chickens and 40 Ducks", besides the extinction of the production of several fruit trees, claiming that this situation “resulted in the worsening of economic conditions”, ends.

The population's challenge led the CCDRA to make a proposal to suspend work to IAPMEI, that was welcomed, having after some changes, which resulted in an investment of 1,2 million, to reduce the environmental impact, continued to work, despite unfavorable reports from the Portuguese Environment Association.

For property damage ranging from health expenses, loss of income and other, Rosa Dimas demands that AZPO be ordered to pay the amount of 161.370,70 euros, while for non-property damage, related by affecting their physical and mental health, asks for more the amount of 100.000 euros. In the action Rosa Dimas indicates eight witnesses, one of them being a sergeant at GNR, of the Environmental Protection Nucleus of the Detachment of Aljustrel.

Contacted by LN, José Maria Perez, technical director of AZPO, in Portugal, stated that in the company “there is no official knowledge of any court notification”, adding that “we reserve any statement, for when any judicial document arrives ”, concluded.

Criminal Procedure Assistant.

In addition to the claim for damages, Rosa Dimas was an assistant in a criminal proceeding dated 2018, which still runs terms in the Ferreira do Alentejo Public Ministry, investigations are still ongoing, according to the document you attached to the civil action.

Malfunction fire.

On 11 March 2019, a fire broke out at the factory, was in labor, but it did not cause injuries among workers. The fire occurred in a drying drum about 50 meters in length and 6 in diameter, that according to the account of António Gomes, Commander of the Ferreira do Alentejo Fire Department, “It will have occurred due to damage to the drum, which is heated by boilers and when stopped, the bagasse inside the cylinder started to burn ”.

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