Eni Livorno-Collesalvetti refinery: exposed to the public prosecutor’s office for “damage to health”

A complaint to the Livorno Public Prosecutor’s Office was presented this morning by Greenpeace Italy, Democratic Medicine and Pro Natura: the subject is the urgent request for checks and investigations into the impact of environmental emissions from the Eni refinery and the effects on health populations of neighboring areas, in particular the district of Stagno (Commune of Collesalvetti). The complaint, presented by the lawyer Riccardo Gambi of Lucca, on behalf of the associations, is accompanied by various attachments, the results of investigations and numerous elements collected.

“The epidemiological evidence confirms a heavy impact on the health of the inhabitants of these areas – said Marco Caldiroli, president of Democratic Medicine – it is necessary and urgent to carry out additional investigations in the district of Stagno. The Paths study on the state of health in sites of national interest has in fact highlighted an increase in pathologies, congenital malformations and excess mortality in Livorno and Collesalvetti.We believe that this may be linked to exposure to hazardous substances discharged in the environment mainly by the Eni refinery”.

The “spotlights” had returned to the situation of the refinery due to the accident of November 30, 2021 at the lubricant production furnaces: on this occasion, only due to favorable fortuitous conditions, the accident had not caused any damage to the workers, while causing major pollution of a large area around the factories.

Very few corrective actions required by law have been taken by Eni. “In recent months, we have already publicly denounced that the remediation work on the refinery site is scandalously at a standstill,” said Giuseppe Ungherese, head of the anti-pollution campaign for Greenpeace Italy. Nothing is done and there are only a few intervention projects which only concern 5% of the land and 0% of the groundwater: this is what the data from the Ministry of Ecological Transition say. Those who live near the NAS have the right, like everyone else, to live in a clean and uncontaminated environment. We have the environment in the Constitution and the people of Pond have the right to rapid and effective rehabilitation of the area”.

Mauro Furlani, President of the National Federation of Pro Natura, finally underlined that “the conditions of the latest integrated environmental authorization of the refinery are insufficient and do not correctly implement the European policy of integrated pollution reduction and prevention, allowing high emissions of dangerous and carcinogenic substances: this has determined, over the years, additional and heavy exposures for populations and the environment that it would have been possible to avoid”.

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