Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
BARI

Police seize Enel plant in southern Italy over pollution

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Bari, November 27 - A judge in southern Italy
ordered police to seize a power plant owned by utility giant
Enel on Tuesday, and ordered the company to start clean up
immediately.
An investigating judge for the Court of Bari, a large city
in the southern region of Puglia, order the plant's seizure and
gave the company three months to make the necessary
environmental and safety improvements.
The judge said protective measures are essential to avoid
endangering public safety and the health of workers.
The court appointed Barbara Valenzano, an executive of the
Regional Agency for Prevention and Environmental Protection
(ARPA) Puglia, as guardian of the site while it is under seizure
order.
Enel, which operates worldwide, disputes allegations that
it has violated workplace health and safety regulations as well
as laws designed to prevent major accidents.
However, the court says accidents have already occurred.
The community of Bari is only an hour's drive from Taranto,
where prosecutors have seized large parts of a major polluting
steel plant owned by ILVA.
That seizure has triggered both support from community
members concerned about their health, and outrage from
politicians and workers at the plant who are fearful for their
jobs.

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