Arpat and the Apuan Alps Park oppose the proposal for a micro-electric plant on the Frigido river in Forno presented by the company Idroelettrica Toscoligure Srl. They have rejected the request for an extension of the Environmental Compatibility Pronouncement issued in 2016. Despite the favorable opinion of the Tuscany Region and the silent consent of other entities involved in the Consultation Conference, the negative judgments of Arpat and the Park weigh heavily. Arpat is the competent authority in the environmental evaluation process, particularly regarding the impacts on water, while the Park is the last competent authority in the assessment of environmental impact. According to their technical offices, there are “insurmountable criticalities” in the project that justify the denial of the extension. The documentation presented by the proponent does not take into account significant changes in the legislation on the evaluation of impacts on river ecosystems caused by water derivations since 2016. It also lacks sufficient data to properly assess the cost-benefit impact of the project. Arpat’s analysis highlights problems in the sizing of the plant and the calculation of river flows, initially referring to the years 1949-1971, which the Agency now considers unacceptable, and later referring to a different and much larger basin, Canevara, rather than the specific area of Forno. The project received environmental compatibility in 2016, but has not been implemented yet. The company already submitted a non-substantial amendment request in 2018. Since the previous Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was issued, relevant changes have occurred in the legislation concerning the evaluation of impacts on river ecosystems caused by water derivations, which were not taken into account in the documentation. Therefore, it is considered necessary to submit new documentation for a new EIA.
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