Pollution, delivered the report of the UN working group. Worrying data for the Valley on Saturday

The visit of the UN Working Group to Avellino on September 29, 2021.
The final report has been delivered these days. Here is a snippet of the finds in the Sabato Valley.
The Working Group has visited different places that have highlighted a clash between the priorities of economic and industrial development and respect for human rights and the environment.
In Avellino, the Working Group listened to the serious concerns expressed by the Sabato Valley community regarding the effects of environmental pollution due to industrial development from the 1970s onwards. The working group was informed that, until very recently, the concerns of the community had not been addressed and that they should use their resources to carry out an environmental impact assessment that would reveal the full extent of the problems. of pollution.
The Working Group learned of the pollution and disease caused by an asbestos plant, Isochimica, which in the 1980s removed asbestos from the railway cars in the city center and, after the plant closed, wrong its withdrawal. About 30 deaths, as well as about 185 cases of persistent illness, have been attributed to the effects of asbestos work. Following the closure of the asbestos plant, community members described practices of dumping asbestos in the river, burying asbestos in places around the plant and elsewhere, and mixing asbestos waste with cement to form cubes that were left behind to deteriorate in public places. The local government, in a meeting with the Working Group, acknowledged that the asbestos remediation was only partial and that more measures are needed.
Community members also expressed concern about current and future pollution of water sources, including e-coli and heavy metals, and a number of industry-related fires since the 2000s. 155/2010, the level of air pollution may exceed the legal one. limit of 35 times a year. An official publication in the “Study of Exposure to the Susceptible Population” (SPES) showed that by 2020, air in Avellino was 78 times above legal limits. Recent scientific research has calculated that 48 deaths related to air pollution could have been avoided if lower levels of air pollution had been achieved. Daily peaks in air pollution are also a major concern. According to official data from December 21, 2021, for example, the measures of the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection (ARPAC) indicated levels of air pollution 900% higher than the threshold recommended by the WHO. The specific morphological configuration of the territory and the climatic conditions of the area are not favorable to the atmospheric dispersion of the emitted pollutants, factors that must be taken into account in the planning of measures to mitigate the risks associated with the emissions of the industries. Although environmental licenses for companies operating in the area are granted in accordance with environmental regulations, the Working Group shares the community’s concerns about the cumulative effect on the environment of the facilities. current and planned industrial developments. The working group stresses the importance of the public authorities initiating meaningful consultations with the affected communities in Avellino to agree on a way forward, including the remediation and remediation of asbestos sites and to ensure corporate responsibility for causing or contribute to environmental pollution “.
It is interesting to read the whole document which contains a ruthless analysis on the management of migrants, labor exploitation, gender discrimination, pollution. Recommendations to the Italian government are also important.

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