The German discount supermarket company Aldi has asked its 80 suppliers of fruit and vegetables from the Mar Menor for explanations “for the serious environmental violations ” that are taking place in relation to the pollution of the lagoon water. Some of them have been accused of discharging excess waters with nitrates, phosphates and brine from desalination to the Mar Menor without receiving any treatment.
According to the newspaper El País , Aldi learned of the situation of the poor state of the Mar Menor , which has endured several fish mortality crises, which has triggered the alarm in the chain, due to an investigation carried out by a German public broadcasting chain WDR .
The supermarket chain’s corporate policy, which says, “focuses on a responsible approach to the environment and natural resources,” leads them to thoroughly investigate the allegations in order to derive the necessary steps. “
Aldi’s letter is addressed to farmers who have been accused of using illegal wells and desalination plants to remove the water they took from the aquifer between 2017 and 2021. They are also accused of discharging excess water with nitrates, phosphates and brine from the desalination to the Mar Menor without receiving any treatment.
The result of the cited practices is the ” collapse of the lagoon, causing the death of a large part of the marine fauna “, describes the company’s letter, which adds: “the corpses of marine animals were washed up on the beach in such an amount that the authorities were alarmed. “
The company adds that the attempts to defend the affected fruit and vegetable producers , who allegedly make the Mar Menor responsible for the uncontrolled discharge of agricultural wastewater at the high water table [of the aquifer], ” are not very credible , especially due to the hydrological situation and conditions climatic conditions of the region “. Finally, they are asked to answer a series of questions before Friday of last week and comment on the accusations in question. “
The companies that Aldi points to are involved in the Topillo case , reports La Opinion de Murcia , which considers that a total of 6.6 million cubic meters of salmera could have been illegally dumped into the Mar Menor.