MOSCOW, April 22 (RAPSI) – Damage caused to the soil by the usage of a notorious solid waste landfill Yadrovo has a recoverable character, the Moscow Regional Commercial Court has ruled.
On April 18, the court dismissed the Volokolamsk town administration’s claim to shut down the site.
The court has held that this damage may 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.