Nero Prodi has now decided that SEVEN MILLION TONS of “eco-bales” must be burned in the Acerra thermodestructor. No one knows exactly what is in these “eco-bales”. They were sealed without their contents being checked. They could contain virtually anything. Toxic waste, expired medicines or even radioactive waste. Burning them would mean speeding up the death sentences for the people living in the Acerra area, as well as others nearby. As a matter of fact, the area is already being called the “Triangle of death” because of the number of tumours diagnosed in the residents. One death more or less, what does it matter? It is a political gamble, as well as an economic one. If the citizens of Campania don’t complain, then they die while, if they die, they can no longer complain. Write the name of Nero Prodi, but read the name Impregilo. The women of Giugliano set themselves alight in desperation, yet Deputy King Bassolino is still there.
Herewith a letter written by Alex Zanotelli.
The thermodestruction of fundamental human rights.”It is with absolute horror that we learn of the decision taken by Prime Minister Romano Prodi regarding the Campania eco-bales, namely, at least 7 million tons (which have little or nothing to do with eco-anything, but are in fact nothing other than refuse, nothing more and nothing less), stacked mainly at Giugliano. We are talking about the provisions contained in ordinance No. 3657, dated 20 February 2008: “Urgent provisions to address the refuse emergency in the Campania Region”. The provision that is most astonishing is the one contained in art.4, namely that: “In order to speed up the initiatives aimed at overcoming the state of emergency and, in particular, to enable the speedy commissioning of the Acerra thermodestruction plant, authorisation is hereby granted for the treatment and disposal of the refuse bearing the “Cer” codes 191212, 190501 and 190503 (the Campania eco-bales, the non-stabilised organic portion, in other words the ex-fos material, and the non-compliant compost) at the aforesaid plant, nevertheless complying with the levels of pollutant emissions previously established in the authorisation provision. What this means is that the eco-bales of refuse produced by the Campania Cdr, which do not comply with the established statutory requirements, may be burned in the Acerra incinerator. (This facility at Acerra now, for the first time ever, being labelled THERMODESTRUCTION by the Government!)
This decision, which is totally contrary to the concept of community rights and also contrary to ordinary and accounting jurisprudence, is an exceptionally serious matter indeed.
How come, after the Government has fallen, Prodi now promulgates this nefarious ordinance, and this so soon after another equally serious provision to re-introduce, against the Parliament’s wishes, the CIP/6 levy to fund the three new incinerators planned for the Campania Region?
It is clearly evident that what actually lies at the bottom of this provision is nothing other than financial and contractual reasoning, because it will enable the aspirant operators of the Acerra plant to keep the tariffs high, thereby making tender participation more attractive. From a financial perspective, the Acerra plant will be kept going not only by means of the CIP/6 subsidies, but also by the simple shredding, compacting and selecting of the refuse, rather than by processing quality Compost from refuse, in other words, simple Compost from refuse. The objective appears to be to prevent the desertion of the tender, thus riding roughshod over the citizens’ rights and undermining a sacred human right, namely the right to life itself.
This ordinance, which would permit the Acerra incinerator to incinerate any kind of refuse, and this in an area that is already being called the “Triangle of death”, is nothing other than a crime against humanity because it would compromise the health of the area’s residents, which has already been seriously undermined. We say no to this kind of profit seeking, because it places the interests of the FEW before everyone’s health.
We therefore demand that the ordinance be retracted immediately. We are ready to challenge it in any national or European court.
At this point in the electoral campaign, we ask all candidates standing for the position of Premier to reveal their stand regarding this vitally important ordinance. It is a matter of life or death for everyone.” Alex Zanotelli, Gerardo Marotta, Alberto Lucarelli, Guido Donadone, Raffaele Raimondi, Ugo Mattei
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Posted by Beppe Grillo at 07:30 PM in Health/Medicine
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