The dangers that arise for the health of the people of Western Macedonia from the creation of an Asbestos Landfill in the area of Zidani are highlighted by the European Parliamentary Group of the KKE with a question submitted by the MEP of the KKE, Costas Papadakis, to the European Commission
The Administration of the Region of Western Macedonia, plans the creation of an Asbestos Landfill in the Zidani area returning to the crime scene… This is the same place where they operated until March 2000 the Asbestos Mines of Northern Greece, when it stopped their operation leaving behind an area in an environment degraded and heavily polluted by asbestos. Με σχετικά προγράμματα που είχαν εκπονηθεί τότε ξεκίνησαν οι σταδιακές επεμβάσεις για την αποκατάσταση του τόπου δεδομένου ότι ο συγκεκριμένος χώρος βρίσκεται σε απόσταση ενός χιλιομέτρου, and in connection with the river Aliakmonas and the artificial lake Polyphytou.
As was the next design above, providing for the transportation and burial of asbestos waste throughout the country in Zidane, causes great concern and a wave of reactions from the inhabitants of the wider area.
Asbestos is known to pose a serious threat to human health. Airborne and inhaled particles (fibers) asbestos are proven carcinogens (mesothelioma and other cancers, asbestos etc.). But also swallowing asbestos, mainly through drinking water, is responsible for equally serious diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and beyond.
Plans to reactivate the Zidani area to a toxic bomb status are not current. They have been used for a long time with the main goal of facilitating capital investment plans with a satisfactory rate of return.. The implementation of these plans will be a catastrophic threat to health, the environment and the quality of life of the working class, of the popular strata. This situation is a result of the EU strategy for the liberation of everything, in the context of which they find fertile ground for capital plans that will further worsen the living conditions of the people (Special Economic Zones, uncontrolled construction of RES, waste incineration etc.). They are part of the overall effort of the ND government to create a favorable "investment climate" with starvation wages, tax exemptions, grants to capital, φορτώνοντας νέους πράσινους φόρους στο λαό, condemning him to energy poverty etc.. Any jobs will be created, any "reciprocal benefits" from the operation of the landfill that as usual propaganda are used in such premeditated crimes against the health of the people and the environment, do not compensate for the tens of thousands of jobs that will be lost under the EU and government 's "de-ligation and green investment" plan in favor of RES monopolies, nor in any case can they be weighed against the catastrophe that will be caused and the incalculable consequences.
The KKE MEP asked the European Commission the following questions:
"How does the Commission react?:
- The fact that in the name of the so-called "green strategy" of the EU is being committed an environmental crime in the region of Western Macedonia, given that scientists have already pointed out the fact that asbestos is carcinogenic, the water permeability of rocks, the seismicity of the area, and that the specific waters of Aliakmonas supply water and Thessaloniki;
- At the request of the residents and the mass institutions of Western Macedonia to immediately stop the implementation of any such planning;»
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY GROUP OF THE KKE