Tough times at Alcanena, Portugal, where some of the most important Portuguese tanning districts are located. The issue turns political, as a Member of Parliament is backing up the “Movimento pela Saùde de Alcanena”, the local committee that has been watching leather factories with regard, most of all, to their sewage disposal plants. Turmoil comes after a few hectic weeks. In fact, last November 16 the borough council urged AUSTRA (the association of enterprises that benefit from the town purifier) to call a meeting to focus on tanneries and their obligations to “put a lid on desulphurization containers in order to prevent massive stink draughts that currently spread across the area”, as reported by local press. CTIC, the Technology Centre of the tanning industry, is striving hard to develop a number of actions that “aim to work out the problem”.