The Mossos ask the judge to charge five senior Iqoxe officials with discharges into the sea
The Mossos d'Esquadra point to the dome of Iqoxe in the separate part of the investigation into the alleged discharges into the sea. As he has learned the DailyThe Environmental Area of the regional police has asked the judge in the case of the tragic explosion of January 14, 2020 that, in the part of the judicial analysis that is focusing on the waste from the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP ), now accuse five senior officials of the company, understanding that they could have committed possible crimes related to natural resources and the environment, as well as for falsifying documents.
The request of the security body focuses on the CEO of the company; the head of the Iqoxe factory in Tarragona; the person in charge of the Department of General Services; the technological manager of the firm; and an employee who would have "created false results" to "cover up the environmental crime". All this is indicated in the final report of the separate piece that the regional police delivered on July 14 to the magistrate of the Investigating Court number one of Tarragona, Sofía Beltrán, to which this newspaper has had access.
This separate investigation studies, according to an order from the judge that is part of the investigation, "if the type of products that were made prevented the purification of all the waste through the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)", At the same time, he would see signs that "the company management had given orders to the workers to proceed to dump the waste."
"Plot to pour waters"
Now, the Mossos unit that has carried out its own investigation endorses the magistrate's thesis, considering that the company "through its directors, heads of production and technology, together with the person in charge of the laboratory", would have "built a plot to dump the company's wastewater into the seawater channel", a fact that "was not allowed in the current environmental authorization". According to the Mossos, this system would mean that the wastewater "went to the Port of Tarragona", which would have meant that "they were not detected by the administration applying Aquamax EC3332A and underestimating the fact that this involved considerable substantial damage to the environment", as well as "a risk for people who come into contact with those contaminated waters."
In the opinion of the Mossos report, it would be a situation "that was sustained over time, being provided with infrastructure by the company", since "thanks to the environmental crime perpetrated" Iqoxe "achieved the objectives established by its CEO , increasing the production of derivatives year after year». Likewise, the analysis of the Central Area of Medi Ambient concludes that the allegedly designed system "supposed a competitive advantage", since "the purification of the waters was not taxed in the final price of its products" because "they were not purified" and, therefore, it allowed him to reduce costs».
As a result of this, the Mossos consider that, as regards environmental crimes, these would have "aggravating factors" for "falsifying and hiding information and providing false data to the administration", "hindering inspection activity" and "hiding what was actually pouring out.” Likewise, the agents also propose the crime of documentary falsification "committed on a recurring basis" for "presenting false values of self-control of discharges, also signing the samples collected knowing that they were falsified."
"I don't think it was done"
After receiving the report from the Mossos d'Esquadra, the judge in the case issued an order on September 7 in which she consolidated her thesis that waste had been dumped "especially on night and weekend shifts."
For this reason, in this new resolution, Sofía Beltrán took the investigation one step further and summoned the head of the Iqoxe company at the technological level to testify as the person under investigation, considering that he had "designed a water dilution system" with the same liquid "of the fire control system", so that "pollutant emission values above the limits were not detected". In the document, the judge adds that the accused "was part of the management bodies" of the company.
This senior official of the firm (CSA) gave a statement before the magistrate of the Investigating Court number one on September 28. In his appearance, the high official testified "not being aware" that the system existed to derive outlet water from the treated one, as the Mossos suspect, while denying being responsible "for defining the sampling points or of analytics." In this sense, CSA also assured "never having participated in any system for the dissolution of water", while reiterating that "I do not think anything similar has been done" to what was pointed out in the Mossos report.
The judge summoned one of the charges to testify on September 28, who denies knowing anything about spills