LONDON (CNI)--The trial of current and former senior executives of Italian chemical companies Montedison, Enichem and Enimont for deaths by cancer and environmental pollution opens in Venice, Italy on Friday.
The charges arise from 140 cancer deaths among vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) workers at Porto Marghera in Italy and dioxin pollution of the Venice lagoon between 1965-85.
Charges include the poisoning of waterways, omission of precautionary measures in the workplace and causing environmental disasters.
On the first day of the trial the formal identification and registration of the plaintiffs, about 300 employees, family members, environmental associations, unions and local administrators, will begin, a Montedison spokesman told CNI Thursday. The process is likely to take two or three days, he said.