The Voice of the Susa Valley/1

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Up until 17 December, the date when there will be a demonstration in Turin against the TAV (high speed train) that Iím participating in, Iíve decided that as well as the regular daily post, Iíll publish a post a day dedicated to the Susa Valley.

Today Iím publishing the document written by a cancer specialist at the Hospital San Luigi di Orbassano about the risks of asbestos in the Susa Valley.

ďTo create the 23 Kilometre tunnels that are planned, the volume of material containing asbestos that first needs to be excavated, then moved and finally stored has been estimated to be more than one million cubic metres (1,151,000), although this value may have a significant increase. The possibility of resulting conditions that are a risk to health is absolutely relevant as regards the activities of excavation and movement of this earthÖ.Ē

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 06:46 PM in | Comments (2)
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I do not agree with the no TAV people;until yesterday they were protesting against TIR.
Are we sure they know what they want ?
Best regards

Posted by: Vincenzo Cignozzi | December 8, 2005 06:47 PM


Caro Beppe,
I am sorry but the Asbestos issue is much more complicated than what the professor says in his memo. Actually, his statement regarding the danger of Asbestos in water is incorrect.

There is a big difference between breathing Asbestos versus drinking Asbestos. In fact, Asbestos is naturally found in water, and even beer and wine contain Asbestos fibers.
Asbestos in water has not been proven to be carcinogenic. Many studies show no impact on raised incidence of cancer in animals fed large amount of asbestos for the duration of their life. On the internet there are lots of materials on this subject. I found this one as an example:

http://www.chrysotile.com/en/chrysotile/hltsfty/quest6.aspx

Basically, there is not conclusive evidence that Asbestos is a danger when found in beverages. In addition, there are hundreds of kilometers of Asbestos-Cement pipes all around the world that supplies drinking water to people, and so far nobody thought to dismantle those aqueducts.

On the other hand, Asbestos can pose a threat for those TAV workers who will drill the tunnel through layers of Asbestos. Those workers will need to be equipped with the best gear to be protected against Asbestos contamination. I agree with you on that, but I praise you to avoid oversimplifying this problem.

Take care,

Posted by: Giulio | December 8, 2005 01:47 AM


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