Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Green party chief to file Clini suit, calls for resignation

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 20 – Green Party President Angelo
Bonelli said Thursday he is filing a counter-suit against
Italian environmental Minister Corrado Clini for damaging both
his and his party's image, as a political and legal spat
revolving around Italian steelworks ILVA heated up.
Bonelli's comments came as a new study concluded residents
in the area where ILVA operates in southern Italy face a
heightened risk of death and after Clini on Wednesday announced
his ministry would file a lawsuit against Bonelli for slander
and for spreading "false information creating general panic".
A report by the Italian Association of Epidemology based on
court data said on Thursday the general mortality rate in
Taranto was 8-27% higher than the national average, malignant
tumours 5-42% more common, cardiovascular diseases 10-28% more
frequent and respiratory illnesses 8-64% higher.
This would seem to support criticisms that for years, the
ILVA steel plant - one of Europe's largest - has emitted toxic
pollution into the community's environment.
"I have given a mandate to my lawyer Andreozzi to file the
report against Minister Clini, asking for damages for his
affirmations damaging both myself and the image of the Green
party" said Bonelli. The damages "will be given to the families
of ILVA employee victims".
"Clini should resign because at this point in time he isn't
carrying out the functions that a minister should carry out",
Bonelli said.
"At this point in time, Italy doesn’t have an environmental
minister".
The higher risk associated with environmental factors was
the justification used by prosecutors in July to shut down parts
of the plant and order expensive upgrades - a move that the
Italian government, the company, and unions at the plant have
been fiercely fighting.
Bonelli said his aim was to "bring a bit of justice in the
name of an unemployed and environmentally polluted population"
when he announced his counter-suit on Thursday.

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