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Codacons: formal notification of being under investigation for pollution to Moratti and Formigoni
Because of the air pollution, in Milan (and not just Milan) citizens are dying from lung cancer, the children are dying from infant leukaemia, the old people from bronchial complications. In Milan (and not just Milan) hundreds of people are flocking into the Accident and Emergency departments because of the damage caused by pollution. 73 people a day are taken into hospital EVERY DAY in Milan because of the mephitic air. Pollution is the new plague and the administrators of the cities, of the regions, of the provinces right down to the last cabinet member for traffic and for health are responsible.
Mortizia Moratti, mayor of Milan by wealth, and Formigoni, president of the Region of Lombardy from ďComunione e LiberazioneĒ, have received a formal notification of being under investigation for the pollution in Milan. A few steps would be enough. Like alternating number plates, cycle tracks throughout the city, electric public transport, the centre closed off, so that Milan (and not just Milan) can breathe. If they are found guilty, how many deaths and sicknesses will they have on their conscience? None. Mortizia will be busy buying new shoes in via della Spiga. Formigoni will be busy talking about clockwork justice. Here the only thing that goes like clockwork is the death of the citizens. From Milan to the whole of Italy: LETíS GET BACK OUR AIR! Keep going with court actions. They will never give up (but is it in their interests?). Neither will we.

Interview with Marco Maria Donzelli, president of CODACONS.
ďIím a lawyer. My name is Marco Maria Donzelli, and Iím president of Codacons. After two denunciations, but to tell the truth itís been 20 years of denunciations from Codacons to the Prosecutor of the Republic in Milan, we have arrived at this situation where there are formal notifications of being under investigation. In reality the Public Prosecutor that dealt with the affair, had asked for the file to be closed., just as in other occasions: in this case, as in the others, we opposed the closure and a G.I.P {Judge for the Preliminary Investigations} Ė the Public Prosecutor is called Benedetti and the G.I.P who has laid claim to it and decided to oppose the closure, is called Zelante. He decided that objectively the elements making up the denunciation could not give rise to the closure, in as much as there is a violation of the laws, of the DM 60/2002, there are really serious research studies on the impact of pollution and lastly, a study presented by the City of Milan which says that 73 people a day, according to data from 5 Milan hospitals, are taken into hospital because of the issue of atmospheric pollution.
In this case we have a criminal procedure , by which we have two formal notifications of being under investigation in relation to Moratti and Formigoni, and to Podestŗ , the president of the Province. In reality, we do not really know well, the reason why heís been brought into the picture, perhaps because anyway, itís a reference point for the regulations that also relate to the roads of the Province, that should be involved in the block if there should happen to be the closure of the traffic, but in any case there are two formal notifications of being under investigation that, in the territory round Florence, have been turned into requests for trial in relation to the former mayor Dominici, who is right now on trial for this type of crime, that is, to remind you, is a crime of contravention, thatís rare, but we are not too worried about that from the criminal viewpoint. What is of interest to us is that the matter is raised and that the responsibilities of the administrators are identified, that in this instance, relate to the level of PM10 being too high for more than 35 times. The law, the Ministerial Decree 60/2002, that acknowledges numerous directives of the European Union, decrees that, if the PM10 level is passed 35 times, the mayor or the president of the Region must intervene to bring to an end the effects of such a high level of atmospheric pollution.
That didnít happen. Because after 35 days when the levels were passed, there were another 60 days in the last few years itís the same thing and the anti-pollution measures have absolutely not sorted out the problem. Furthermore, if the issue has to be shifted to the field of politics, letís remind ourselves that Codacons is an apolitical association.


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