Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
FLORENCE

Costa Concordia clean-up crew to drain polluted water

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Florence, January 11 - Authorities are evaluating
how to drain the Costa Concordia shipwreck of 230,000 cubic
meters of water, which may be contaminated with hydrocarbons,
heavy metals and decomposed food, authorities said Friday.
"Monitoring the internal waters is the first step towards
towing, rotating and floating the ship," Concordia Emergency
Observatory President Maria Sargentini told reporters. "The idea
is to prevent the internal water from making contact with the
outside environment".
Over the past month, the Observatory has carried out
chemical tests on 56 samples from within the ship, plus another
25 tests that showed pollutants are present.
"The objective is to decontaminate polluted areas before we
right the ship," said environmental ministry official Siro
Corezzi. "Whether we drain it partially or in whole, the
pollutants will be neutralized first".
The Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the coast
of Tuscany's Giglio Island on the night of January 13, 2012,
causing 32 fatalities.

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