Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Naples ex-industrial area clean-up 'fake'


Naples, April 11 - A Naples
preliminary-investigations judge on Thursday ordered the
sequester of a former industrial area in Bagnoli on the
outskirts of Naples as part of a probe into the alleged 'fake'
environmental clean-up of sites previously occupied by a
steelworks and a cement plant.
Twenty-one people have been placed under investigation in
connection with the probe, including former managers of the
company Bagnoli Futura, a public company tasked with overseeing
a recent 107-million-euro environmental clean-up operation at
the site, and of various local territorial agencies.
Investigators claim their actions compounded existing
environmental problems in the area due to an alleged
"generalised conflict of interest".
"All the public authorities appointed to monitor the
clean-up, such as ARPAC (the Campania regional environmental
protection agency) and the Naples municipal and provincial
governments, came to visit," prosecutors said.
Consequently, not only was the environmental clean-up
merely carried out "virtually", but it also allegedly led to the
"mixing of dangerous pollutants across the entire area,
exacerbating ground pollution compared to pre-clean-up levels",
they said.
The prosecution is considering pressing charges for State
fraud and deception in connection with the issue of false
certificates attesting the clean-up as a result.
The preliminary-investigations judge has ordered "a
detailed plan of action aimed at cleaning up and securing" the
sequestered areas.
The Bagnoli Futura project was intended to clean up and
revamp 120 hectares of land, turning it into a
park-and-recreation area that included a clean and safe beach
for swimming along the coast.
It entailed converting a shipping pier into a publicly
accessible promenade.
In a bid to restore the natural flow of the sea current,
part of north jetty and sea-wall were removed or renovated,
aiming to make the maritime ecosystem suitable again for marine
Roughly 70 acres of surrounding area was set aside for
hotels, bars, restaurants and shopping areas, as well as a
700-berth marina.
Highlights also included the Porta del Parco heath spa, a
30-hectare sports park, a campsite, an sea-turtle aquarium
inside a former water-treatment plant, and an environmental
technology centre.
It was heralded as a "beacon" of urban regeneration.

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