The Maxi share in Centocelle on 9 July will inevitably open the “air quality” chapter. In an area with a very high population density and with a very large proportion of girls and boys, the question is only one: How safe are we?
Few or no experts would answer us. When asked if, once the dioxin limits have been lowered after the Centocelle fire, we can be calm, the answer is probably only one: little or nothing. For we are talking about one of the areas in Rome with the highest population, where there are thousands of children playing in squares and summer camps, in schoolyards and playgrounds.
Piazza dei Mirti, Piazzale delle Gardenie, Piazza dei Gerani. Here in high summer in a collapsing city with at least 5 fires so far, children come down and play in the open air.
And no, the high flames from Centocelle on July 9, the black clouds everywhere, visible even from the Rieti area, clouds that have been declared toxic and unspiritual to an adult (let alone a child and a slightly elderly person), how do they make us live in peace? Along with the effort arose at the same moment the fear and apprehension of the environmental catastrophe that was taking place, and the certainty, rotten and clear, that this catastrophe was also foreseeable.
For one can not help but wonder what activities are as incompatible with an urban substance as they are car wreckerswith highly flammable and polluting materials a stone’s throw from a built-up area.
As a mother, I am very worried, as are many parents in the area – Silvia Di Chio, a psychotherapist of developmental age who lives in Centocelle, tells greenMe. Our neighborhood is full of kids and many of them they attend summer camps close to the burned areas, performs outdoor play activities as if nothing had happened. The structures have, as far as we know, received no indication of prevention to secure the little guests. I personally asked the summer camp my daughter attends to try to limit outdoor activities to avoid the risk of dioxins. I urge all parents to be heard to protect the health of our children.
The situation is worrying, because after the fire, around midnight, we still smell the sharp smoke and we have to close the windows and sleep without air conditioning. The firefighters explained to us that they work at night to put out the last eruptions, and further fumes are coming up from the park for this very reason. How do we protect ourselves? How long will it last?
How long will it take Silvia asks us.
According to the results of ARPA, the regional environmental agency, the dioxin would have gone from 10.6 pg / m3 to 0.5 three days after the fire. But the maximum threshold set by the WHO for the urban environment is 0.3, so the health alarm remains and where.
If the numbers do not change, there is a risk of a health emergency in the Centocelle area. The fumes in that area produced a lot of dioxin, a real organic bomb was dropped – says Antonio Magi to Adnkronos. We are talking about harmful and carcinogenic substances that can cause tumors. The situation is very difficult, and if contact with toxic substances continues for a long time, there is a serious risk to the health of citizens.
So what to do? Doctors encourage you to take all possible precautions:
- wear Ffp3 masks
- avoid touching the ground in green areas
- do not turn on the air conditioners
Meanwhile, the Arpa data will be obtained by Rome’s prosecution, and there will also be hypotheses about environmental crimes being investigated by investigators. In this connection, Skovbruget is involved in the investigations and will also carry out a number of inspections on the lands affected by the fires. Already in recent years, many neighborhood committees have reported that hazardous waste, including asbestos, is buried under the area. Prosecutor investigations will also verify the presence of toxic and deadly waste to health.
And in the meantime? We come by, the kids can wait.