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[News] THE CHILDREN OF TARANTO AND THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY OF THE SO CALLED “TERRA DEI FUOCHI” (“LAND OF FIRES”)



THE CHILDREN OF TARANTO AND THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY OF THE SO CALLED “TERRA
DEI FUOCHI” (“LAND OF FIRES”)

In the Land of Fires (an area encompassing the italian Campania region
around Naples) ISS (Istituto Superiore della Sanita’ - Nation Health
Institute) has found an excess of mortality and risk for adults and an
excess of hospitalizations for children.

The town of Taranto (as well as the above area) is facing serious
difficulties for adults, in combination with an EVEN WORSE excess of
mortality for children.

The one of Taranto’s children is a national emergency that has no equal
in Italy.

Epidemiological data WIDESPREAD AND COMMENTED OFFICIALLY YESTERDAY BY THE
HIGHER INSTITUTE OF HEALTH '(ISS, through the updated “Sentieri” research)
CONFIRM THE SERIOUS HEALTH SITUATION IN TARANTO PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD
TO CHILDREN’S HEALTH.

PeaceLink will send a special report of these data to the European Union
Commission in order to accelerate infringement proceedings for ILVA Steel
Factory, applying Article 8.2 of Directive 75/2010 which contemplates the
compulsory CUSTODY of any industrial plant which do not comply with the
A.I.A. (Autorizzazione Integrata Ambientale - Environmental Integrated
Authorization) in case of serious health problems due to environmental
pollution.

In the city of Taranto THERE IS A HIGH RISK FOR PREGNANCIES. The italian
National Health Institute has stated the presence of an "excess of
mortality for some pathologic conditions of perinatal origin "of +45%.

"Perinatal" is the period before birth, from the 29th week of gestation
and ending 7 days after delivery. It is therefore clear that there is
current exposure to pollutants. As a consequence the theory of those who
link the

disease only to the past collapses completely. WE DO ACCUSE THE PRESENT,
THE POLLUTION WHICH IS NOW PRODUCED AND WHICH HAS BEEN SO
NEGLIGENTLYMINIMIZED.

TARANTO IS A CURSE FOR CHILDREN because of the high incidence of all
tumors in the range of 0 to 14 years, meaning a 54% of excess compared to
the average regional rate, as stated yesterday in the press release by the
National Institute Of Health.

And while officially we are breathing possibly the the best air in Italy,
which we are questioning with our measurements
(http://www.peacelink.it/ecologia/a/40322.html), ISS epidemiologists DO
certify an infant mortality rate 21% higher than expected (group 0-14
years). In the first year of life only, the excess in mortality is of 20%.

Taranto and the Land of Fires are the symbol of the political failure of
those who have so far ruled, exhibiting in recent years a mixture of
indifference, cowardice and cynicism.

We will appeal against this failure in all possible European legal
headquarters to have the right to life and health recognized as THE
primary human right.

Not only: PeaceLink is collaborating with other organizations in order to
enforce the new European NEC directive with even more strict fixed limits
for the future air quality.

for PeaceLink

Alessandro Marescotti
President

Fulvia Gravame
Head of PeaceLink Taranto


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