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On a plan to eliminate contamination by lindane in Spain and throughout the EU 

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The petitioner states that lindane is a dangerous and persistent pesticide produced in various locations in Spain during the 70s and 80s, especially in Baracaldo (Vizcaya) and Sabiñánigo (Huesca). The petitioner takes the view that the management of this waste was negligent, scattering it in different places in Spain with scant controls, especially in the areas surrounding the municipalities where it was made. Despite the fact that several decades have passed since its manufacture and use stopped, its high persistence results in its continued presence in soil and water. The petitioner points out that the Gállego river in the Autonomous Community of Aragón was particularly affected by this contamination. Lindane, as a persistent organic pollutant, is prohibited by the Stockholm Convention and Regulation 850/2004. However, this substance continues to accumulate and persist in the environment, while several scientific studies have shown that even small amounts pose a threat to human health, animals and ecosystems. The petitioner complains of the high levels of lindane pollution in some places in Spain, not only in the Basque Country and Aragon, but also in Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, the autonomous Community of Madrid, Galicia, Catalonia and Andalusia. Residues of this pesticide have been found in all these regions. Despite this, the Spanish Government has so far done almost nothing to rectify this situation. The petitioner calls on the European Parliament to push for a thorough investigation into this matter and to urge other European institutions to play an active part in resolving this situation, which remains dangerous for people and the environment. The petitioner considers it very important that European environmental protection legislation and the European Water Directive be complied with, and that a specific plan be put in place for the full elimination of the lindane waste that remains in many places in Spain. The petitioner also calls for coordinated action to be promoted within the Community institutions by means of a comprehensive plan for lindane decontamination, given the existence of contaminated sites in other countries of the European Union.

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