Investigation by the Prosecutor's Office of Padua
Following the articles that appeared today in the local and Padua press, we would like to clarify once again that the complaint submitted by the Municipality of Monselice and by the local committees refers to events that occurred in 2019, which have already been fully verified by the competent bodies and for which it has been confirmed, on several occasions, that there were no violations by Buzzi Unicem, as well as no consequences for the environment and public health. In particular, we would like to point out that no accidents occurred since, in the event of increases in the CO values in the gaseous effluent, the sector's BAT (Best Available Techniques) provide for the disconnection of the filtration system (electro-filter) installed at the time for safety reasons, prescribing that these moments be contained within the year, something which was amply complied with. Moreover, the replacement of the electro-filter with the bag filter, which took place in February 2020, represents a major investment that demonstrates Buzzi Unicem's commitment to taking all necessary measures to minimize emissions. We are therefore confident that the investigations carried out by the judicial authorities will corroborate the conclusions already reached by the control bodies.
Our activities will continue as usual, in full compliance with the rules, laws and our ethical principles, opening the doors of the cement plant to anyone wishing to visit it and examine in depth any issues of interest to them. Continuing to contribute to enhancing the value of the territory in which we operate through our consolidated relations with all the associations with which we cooperate remains one of our top priorities, which we are committed to pursuing on a daily basis in a professional and transparent manner.