GUARDIA Civil and Europol have arrested 68 people at 30 companies involved in illegal gas emissions polluting the air we breathe with around 76 million kilos of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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TOXIC SUBSTANCES: Found in old air conditioning units

That level of pollution is akin to a car driving 20,000 times around the earth’s equator.

The Spanish Central Prosecutor’s Office (Environmental Crime) had monitored the activities of organisations that manage ‘end-of-life’ cars in various parts of the country.

Those responsible were allegedly disposing of toxic substances found in air-con systems, similar to those found in old fridges, which must be disposed of in line with EU rules.

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