Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Naples ex-industrial area sequestrated over 'fake clean-up'


Naples, April 11 - A Naples preliminary
investigations judge on Thursday ordered the sequestration 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 only
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 continued.
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.

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