Junta finds no evidence of contaminated soil in the lorry-loads from Gibraltar

The Junta de Andalucia has quickly investigated allegations that lorry-loads from Gibraltar had been dumping 'possibly contaminated' soil and builders' debris in a rubbish dump in Mijas on the Costa del Sol.

The accusations had come from the Spanish ecology group Verdemar, which had also said that some 200 lorry-loads had already been dumped there.

But the Junta's environmental delegate in Malaga has confirmed that the soil is not contaminated.

Environmental experts carried out an inspection at Reciclados Mijas, but the soil from Gibraltar that had been delivered there - reportedly from the East Side - was not contaminated, said a spokesman for the Junta.

It was on 5 October last year that the firm requested permission to start transferring the soil/debris across the frontier.

It is said the soil smells badly and this alerted the ecologists in the Campo area who questioned if it was contaminated.