EXCLUSIVE: this is where the “waste-to-energy plant” in Rome will be built – Il Caffè investigation

There has been a lot of talk in the national media about the new “waste-to-energy plant” in the service of Rome with 600,000 tons of waste a year, announced on several occasions by Mayor Roberto Gualtieri and blessed by the Draghi government, with a specific decree, which assured him a favorable way of approving, to ensure imapin get bureaucratic hassle and a fast and painless administrative process. Declared goal: to build it for the anniversary of 2025. But no one has yet publicly said where exactly it will rise, we have discovered it. The selected land is located in IX Municipio, in Santa Palomba, in one of the corners of the Cancelliera roundabout, ie at the intersection of via Ardeatina, Cancelliera and Valle Caia. The land is located in the extreme south of the municipality of Rome, wedged between the territories of the municipalities of Pomezia, Albano Laziale and Ardea and is only 700 meters from the Albano landfill. The plot is 10 hectares wide and is located right in front of the new and colossal Amazon logistics center, in Acea’s center in southern Rome and a stone’s throw from Jonhson & Jonhson. It is registered in the property register with parcel 818 and sheet 1186. It has an “industrial” urban destination, so it is – at least theoretically – compatible with this type of large industrial facilities.


Since the beginning of May, Acea’s technicians, ie the engineering department at Rome’s municipal waterworks, have carried out more than one inspection of the land adjacent to the Albano landfill, which is owned by the waste owner in Rome and its surroundings. Manlio Cerroni. They performed many cores in order to verify the quality of the underlying soils. The technicians have been commissioned to carry out all preliminary preparatory analyzes at the beginning of the actual design phase, which will begin shortly.


The nerve centers of industrial activity are three. The first: “waste energy plant” is nothing more than an industrial plant “intended – as Amadio Malizia, president of the association Salute Ambiente Albano says – to incinerate waste 24 hours a day at very high temperatures. will be inspired by the models already active in Copenhagen and Turin. and which contain dioxins, furans, metals, heavy and many other substances that are harmful to health and the environment, which are then “burned” tens of kilometers away from the flue. everything is transformed: in this case, solid waste is transformed into toxic fumes, and science has not yet built t industrial filters that can totally stop the microparticles that come from waste incineration. Nevertheless, he adds, the health studies commissioned by the region as part of the Eras Lazio project (Epidemiology, Waste, Environment, Health) show the health of citizens living within a 5 km radius of the Albano landfill. how residents of this area die, become ill and are hospitalized much more than elsewhere. Has the municipality of Rome assessed these circumstances? Have you evaluated the cumulation effect? Who, when and why has decided that the citizens of Albano and Castelli, the citizens of Ardea and Pomezia, should pay this price again? Has a list of possible alternative areas been drawn up for the selected one? Why not focus instead on door-to-door, reduction, recycling and reuse, rather than on the medieval technology of incineration? “.

Amadio Malizia, Health Environment Albano


Then there is the second node, that is, the “mystery” – the dose of ash left over from incineration, which is a special waste to be deposited in special landfills, increases the dose Ettore Ronconi, chair of the UST Committee, United for Safeguard of the Territory. , which will correspond to one third of the incinerated waste, or 200 thousand tons per year. The doubt on our part is more than justified: will they be deposited at the nearby landfill in Albano, which is about 700 meters away, which can be attributed to the great entrepreneur in the industry, Manlio Cerroni? The amount of ash produced every 24 months must fill a hole as large as 2 Serie A football pitches and 30 meters deep. So where should this huge amount of very toxic material go? Why does Gualtieri not explain it to us? In addition, we have for some time been proposing that this area, within a radius of 10 km from the Albano landfill, be reclaimed, with the perpetual ban on building new waste facilities, and supported in an environmental renaissance and ecologically sustainable. development for the new ones. generations, but no one answers us. “

Ettore Ronconi, UST Committee, United for the Safeguarding of the Ardea Territory


Then there is the third node: “In order to maintain the very high combustion temperatures, equal to well over 1000 degrees, h-24, the incinerator – explains Giacomo Castro, president of the Latium Vetus Association, an engineer by profession – must necessarily use large amounts of methane , at a time when gas is not entirely easy to find, has anyone asked this question? In addition, a large amount of water will also be needed to cool the system.In a time of climate change, where it rains and snows less and less and blue gold has has become a rare and expensive commodity, the choice to waste drinking water to cool an industrial plant is a decidedly unsustainable choice from an environmental point of view and decidedly unethical, from a political point of view, all the more given given that different areas of Ardea and Pomezia are still not even reached by an aqueduct.The questions are now, we are waiting for the answers.

Ing Giacomo Castro, Latium Vetus Association in Pomezia


by Alberico Cecchini

It is presented as the solution to all problems, in reality the incinerator is the monument to the inability of Roman politics to serve the public good, and condemns the capital to go further and further than other European capitals. Let’s call it an incinerator, because the “waste of energy” scam is as ridiculous as Putin’s special operation. If waste is incinerated, it is not valued. And burning hundreds of thousands of tons of waste in over 1,000 degrees generates toxic microparticles that no filter can block and not even the lungs, so much so that they reach the blood directly and continuously to get where they should never go, that is, in all organs . With what long-term effects? What studies can scientifically show us that there is no risk? The real question is not about where to make the incinerator, the point is about its actual needs. If the waste crisis continues, it is clear that it needs to be built. But why is there this ongoing emergency? This is the question to ask. The solution cannot be to hide the damage by creating even greater damage to human health. Excessive production of unsorted waste is the problem that must be solved. For at least 30 years, the truly sustainable solution has been identified in door-to-door recycling with “genuine” material recycling. Why is Rome only 43% differentiated when many European and northern Italian cities are almost twice as big? Because burning is a good deal, the planned facility in Santa Palomba should cost 700 million, which can then be over 1 billion, which is usually the case for large contracts. In addition, it will take years before it comes into operation, while recycling could be strengthened within a few months to drastically reduce the amount to be burned. The last point, but also the most dangerous: how can we trust the controls, given that, for example, the Colleferro plant subsequently found that even toxic and very harmful materials were burned? It is another huge and attractive business, not by chance that it has always been run by the mafia.

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