Early this morning, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) confiscated a 20 tonne bulldozer which was being used by a contractor to regularly dump large amounts of illegal construction material and sealed off the site known as Ta’ Msid at L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha.
The site, which is public land and has an area of more than 3000 square meters, has been earmarked for scheduling as an Area of Ecological Importance (Level 2). The waste which is covering a number of protected trees and reaches a heights of over 2 metres in certain area was dumped on a watercourse and garigue land which forms part of a larger network.
The operation which was carried out by Mepa enforcement personnel included the elevation of the bulldozer from the site and the placing of concrete blocks to seal off the area.
Mepa, will for the first time in Court, be invoking the power given to it under the Prevention and Remedying of Environmental Damage Regulations, which seeks to strictly redress any environmental liability caused by a contravener based on the polluter-pays principle.
In 2009, the Authority had removed illegal scrap vehicles and a large amount of disposed glass bottles from the adjacent site.