“It is not currently possible to determine what the real economic needs necessary to carry out the interventions for the safety and reclamation of the former Ilva production site and the neighboring territories are”. This was stated by the Minister of Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolaniduring the ‘Question Time’ a Montecitorio, answering a question on the necessary remediation in the areas of the Taranto steel plant. The question, signed by Forza Italia, was intended to refute the controversies triggered by the M5s, which spoke of “theft” of funds intended for reclamation, and which produced fibrillation within the majority.
Minister Cingolani, on the other hand, was forced to admit that the total amount, to date, is unknown. The owner of the Ecological Transition he retraced the many passages of the complex story of the Ex Ilva. “As regards the safety and prevention measures, divided by the areas not subject to transfer to Acciaierie Italia and which remain in the ownership of Ilva Spa in AS (Extraordinary Administration), external to the current perimeter of the plant and external to the new perimeter of installation of the Integrated Environmental Authorization, these are the responsibility of the extraordinary commissioners – explained Cingolani – and are no longer subject to the controls of the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research. The commissioners extraordinary – continued the minister – to transmit to the permanent observatory for monitoring the environmental plan for the steel plant the results of the self-checks carried out from 2018 to 2021 by the same special commissioners and the commissioners were repeatedly asked to proceed with an overall monitoring plan of the whole area shared with ARPA Puglia and with Ispra in order to evaluate the quality of the aquifer and to plan the remediation interventions on the aquifer itself “. But to date “despite the requests made by the Ilva Observatory since the meeting of 9 March 2021, the extraordinary commissioners of Ilva Spa in AS have not yet sent a list of environmental restorative interventions still to be carried out”, said Cingolani, who concluded “before coming to confer, I spoke with some of the representatives and they told me that they now have precise economic estimates that they have already presented in some parliamentary commission. I do not have them, they will send them to me and we will see them “.
Cingolani’s response was followed by the forceist’s reply Mauro D’Attis. “You are not responsible for these delays – said the parliamentarian – but it is absurd that at Question Time the minister puts himself in the position of not knowing the real financial needs and the real reclamation projects for Taranto. Take the helm in hand even at the cost of commissioning the commissioners “.