(ANSA) - Rovigo, March 31 - A court in the northern city of
Rovigo on Monday sentenced two former chief executives of Enel,
Franco Tatò and Paolo Scaroni, to three years in prison over
emissions from the Italian electricity utility's Porto Tolle
The pair were banned from holding public office for five
years after being found guilty of causing "environmental
disaster" and ordered to pay civil plaintiffs a total of around
430,000 euros in compensation.
Prosecutors said the company failed to install equipment
that would reduce the plant's impact and linked this to an
increase in respiratory diseases among children in the area.
Enel's current CEO, Fulvio Conti, was acquitted along with
six other people.
In Italy convictions do not become effective until the
appeal's process has been completed.
"This affair has nothing to do with me and I'll appeal
immediately," Scaroni, who is the current chief executive of
oil-and-gas giant Eni, told ANSA.
"I'm stunned by this decision. As the defence showed, the
Enel plant at Porto Tolle always respected the standards in
force at the time".