Incinerators and landfill expansion in Gela, Lorefis (M5S): “The field’s choices are worrying”

Inceneritori e ampliamento discarica di Gela, Lorefice (M5S): "Preoccupano scelte della Regione"

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June 30, 2021 12:37

“The pandemic has taught us that Covid affects most where air quality is worst, as demonstrated by the very high incidence of the disease in areas of the Po Valley, where 77 in 2020, according to the ISPRA Urban Waste Report from 52 waste incineration lines across the country.To confirm the close link between air quality and mortality, a study by the German Max Planck Institute estimated deaths due to this pollution, especially fine and From ultra-fine dust, at 8.8 million. Reading these and many other figures, the news of the publication of a tender for the construction of two incinerators in Sicily causes deep concern “. Thus the Senator Pietro Lorefis of the 5 Star Movement.
“We can give it whatever name we like – waste-to-energy plant, waste-to-energy plant, thermo-oxidizer, pyrogasifier, gasifier, etc. – but scientifically, technically and according to European law they are named incinerators. (Art. 3, Com. 40, dir. 2010/75/EU) and trying to hide the reality by using unfair terms is even more worrying. I challenge anyone to set up such an incinerator. At least twenty years later, there was not a single official epidemiological study that recorded an increase in cancer and deaths. In contrast, a study on 29 scientific publications found the relationship between multiple pathologic-mortality and proximity to incinerators. Another study in England and Scotland on mothers living within a 10 km radius of the incinerator showed an association between neonatal malformations and distance from implants.
“But it is not just a question of health – the senator goes on – it is also a cultural question. With the adoption, in December 2015, of the “Circular Economy Package”, the European Parliament began the transition from the linear economy to the circular economy. The national government, led by Key and Giuseppe Conte, created its own, shifting the package directives.. But the Musumesi junta disposes of waste by ignoring national and European provisions, reversing the hierarchy of the same, and centering landfills and incinerators. Management continues. Proof of this is the recent announcement published on the island for the construction of two mega-incinerators and a 264 million euro good destination for the construction of waste disposal plants and has no intention of reducing production.
“15 million of these are destined for the Timpazzo di Gela landfill, for yet another expansion of half a million cubic metres. The previous expansion has already been finished in 2014 with the new tank E (700,000 cubic metres) Well in Timpazzo, the Musumesi government doesn’t even respect the provisions issued by the region. The AIA authorization of the 2014 extension above had some provisions, all disregarded. So instead of withdrawing the authorization, Musumesi revoked the 2014 extension. Authorized the new extension by postponing the time to comply with the requirements by 6 months. This approach of inciting non-compliance with the requirements is also confirmed in the case of Brukazzi Composting Plant in Gela . . ., where a The plant is unable to produce quality manure to be used in agriculture, instead it is taken to landfill. Forced by ARPA Sicilia to reduce processing capacity, he is authorized for an expansion by area, in fact In rejecting the controlling authorities”.
We need to encourage rejection prevention and make a greater difference; Overtax municipalities that do not reach minimum separate waste collection targets; reward companies that design their products according to the principles of circular economy and immediately shut down plants that do not comply with the law”, concludes Laurefis.

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“The pandemic has taught us that Covid strikes the most where air quality is worst, as demonstrated by the very high incidence of the disease in areas of the Po Valley, where 52 are, according to the ISPRA 2020 Urban Waste Report. 77 waste incineration lines across the country. Confirming the close link between air quality and mortality, a study by the German Max Planck Institute estimates deaths due to this pollution, especially from fine dust and ultra-fine. Reading these and many other data, the news of the publication of a tender for the construction of two incinerators in Sicily is a matter of deep concern”. Thus the Senator Pietro Lorefis of the 5 Star Movement.

“We can give them the name we like – waste-to-energy plants, waste-to-energy plants, thermo-oxidizers, pyro gasifiers, gasifiers, etc. – but scientifically, technically and by European law Even more worrying is trying to hide the reality by using their names as incinerators (Art. 3, com. 40, dir. 2010/75/EU) and inappropriate terms. I challenge anyone to call me an incinerator. There was not a single official epidemiological study conducted at least twenty years after the establishment of the U.S., which did not record an increase in cancer morbidity and deaths. In contrast, a study on 29 scientific publications found a link between multiple pathologies—deaths and proximity to incinerators. Confirms the relationship. Another study was conducted in England and Scotland on mothers who lived within 10 km. An incinerator showed a relationship between neonatal malformations and distance from the plant.

“But not just the question of health – the senator goes on – a cultural question as well. With the adoption of the “Circular Economy Package” in December 2015, the European Parliament began the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy, and Giuseppe Conte’s The led national government has played its part by adopting the directives of the package. But the Musumesee junta continues to manage waste by reversing and centering its hierarchy, ignoring national and European provisions. Landfills and incinerators, As recently published announcement for the construction of two mega-incinerators on the island and a destination of 264 million euros for the construction of waste disposal plants and none intended to reduce their production .

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“15 million of these are earmarked for a further expansion of half a million cubic meters for the Timpazzo di Gela landfill. The final expansion is in 2014 with the new tank E (700,000 cubic metres), which is already underway. Musumesi’s The AIA authorization of the 2014 extension above contained provisions, all of which were disregarded. So instead of withdrawing the authorization, Musumesee followed the 2014 prescription. Authorized a new extension by postponing the time to do so. This approach of inciting non-compliance with the prescription was also confirmed in the case of the Brukazzi Composting Plant in Gela, where a quality fertilizer used in agriculture was in front of a plant. Instead of being unable to produce, it is forced. In order to reduce the ARPA Sicilia treatment capacity, it is authorized to expand by region, denying, in fact, supervisory authority”.

We need to encourage rejection prevention and make a greater difference; Overtax municipalities that do not reach minimum separate waste collection targets; Reward companies that design their products according to circular economy principles and immediately shut down plants that do not comply with the law,” concludes Laurefis.

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