Italy polluted: sites and people at risk
It is a tragic and frightening reality of urgent reclamation buried under mountains of funding. Pollution in Italy seems to be an underestimated problem. In reality, it’s one of the problems that has most gripped the country. In this regard, it seems necessary to recall the many critical issues that result from pollution.
From north to south, no one is excluded. The factories, landfills and polluting sites make Italy almost uninhabitable. What’s most striking is that, although we talk about it, we act little. We don’t implement environmental rehabilitation.
This is a detriment to health. The environment shouts out against us in different ways. The climate changes, the food and the air we breathe are infected with harmful substances that we absorb daily.
It isn’t alarmist, but a simple, raw and tragic reality.
Just think that the European Environment Agency has 340,000 sites to be reclaimed. Of which, 12,482 are in Italy alone. What’s more, there were 57 serious cases of contamination, posing health risks. The state and the region has needed to reclaim these sites since 1998. But, twenty years later, the result seems to be unchanged.
Lead, arsenic, aluminum, mercury, zinc, chlorine, benzene, pcb, chlorinated solvents, hydrocarbons and so on and so forth: These are just some of the chemical elements present in groundwater and land. Not to mention the thin, poor, heavy metals and dioxins.
Insights of journalist, Milena Gabanelli
There are more than 6 million people in these sites awaiting reclamation. They are at risk of disease because of pollution released from the ground, in the groundwater, and in the air they breathe. Needless to list the percentages or numerical factors of the sites or subdividing them by region, because the risk is high and the funds aren’t in place for what is needed.
Of the 3 billion euros that have been allocated to clean up these areas, what has it accomplished? Only a small percentage of this money was used to clean up the areas most at risk. From this emerges a gruesome figure that is equal to 6 or sometimes even 4 percent of work related to the reclamation procedures.
The mitigating factor? Simple, everything is still in the planning phase, because we have to wait for the the procurement legislation to update. At the same time, the most important interventions are still being created because of the complexity of the work.
Pollution in Italy doesn‘t pay
This is a principle that should be implemented, but which, isn’t respected in Italy. Journalist, Milena Gabanelli, sheds light on this issue. She underlines the fact that, often, tracing the offender becomes impractical.
Furthermore, land reclamation would allow the state to create jobs and, at the same time, increase production. Instead, we tend to slow down and waste time due to other equally serious contingencies.
Another urgent health factor is that there has been a 9 percent increase in malignant tumors in subjects under the age of 25 living in polluted areas, as compared to those living in areas not at risk,.
Pollution in Italy is alarming. The data should make us think and put in place a drastic change.