More than a year after the request made to the Municipality of Monselice to build a new storage silo at the cement plant, Buzzi Unicem wishes to provide complete and transparent information on the actions it has recently been forced to take, following the Municipality's failure to reply to its requests.
At the end of 2019, the Company has, in fact, started all the necessary procedures for the authorization of a new silo, with minimal capacity and perfectly integrated into the existing structures, determining a change that affects less than 1% of the total current covered areas of the plant. In particular, the silo in question would be used to feed the iron oxides necessary for the production of clinker, with the aim of avoiding open-air deposits, while at the same time improving material management.
To date, the request sent to the Municipality of Monselice for building authorization and the stipulation of a special agreement to govern the best way to integrate the new silo in the reference context has remained unanswered. After the expiry of the terms provided for by the law, the Company was forced to appeal to the administrative judiciary, an act considered necessary to obtain an answer to the requests submitted.
The current position of the Municipality of Monselice appears to be unjustified, since the construction of the project has been approved from an environmental and landscape point of view by the Province of Padua, through a non-substantial modification of the Integrated Environmental Authorization. The Park Authority has also issued the Landscape Authorization, after a procedure that involved the competent Superintendence, in recognition of the unquestionable environmental benefits described above.
Moreover, it is useful to remember that the Veneto Regional Administrative Court has already specified that the Park Environmental Plan "does not determine the necessary cessation of the activity of the plaintiff's Plant, or its delocalization, but only a concertation between the interested party, the Park Authority, and the Municipal Administration as regards the adoption of measures that must be reasonably suitable to mitigate first of all, the impact of the Plant on the context subject to environmental protection and to allow the optimal integration in the territory, thus limiting to extreme cases, and which must be carefully evaluated in all their tangible implications, the hypothesis of the inhibition of the on-site activity on site and its transfer to another location".
It is precisely the Environmental Plan that provides a specific tool for the implementation of works on existing plants. Therefore, the choice to not take a position with respect to an improved solution is simply unfathomable.
We would like to remind you that the Monselice Plant is always open for visits, in compliance with anti-Covid protocols: anyone interested in learning more about the cement production process, its impact and discussing the matter is welcome. We invite you to visit us by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org