Taranto, Italy. The consequences of the ILVA deadly pollution
By Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni
The factory of ILVA in Taranto is a 12.000 employees steel factory. In the recent months a police investigation discovered that the factory has been polluting, with dioxin and several others carcinogenic chemicals, the town of Taranto for decades.
The effects over the population are a dramatic boosts of cancer cases, with a percentage ranging from 100% to 400%, depending on the array of medical diagnosis. In the neighbourhood of Tamburi, which lies just beneath the smokestack, every single family is grieving at least one death for cancer. Cars, buildings, sidewalks, gardens, are all covered by a thin red dust and small coal rubbles. PM10 and benzoapyrene lethal fine dust overfill the air.
The economy of the city has been swept away by the presence of the huge steel factory. Fishermen have no job and farmers find their livestock contaminated and dangerous. Tourism in the beautiful bay of Taranto is dispersed and the municipality is in bankrupt. What will be the future of Taranto lies in the hands of the magistrature, the government and the determination of its citizens in closing the factory down.