Water damage

Service: Legal

Abstract: Expert witness in a criminal proceeding for environmental damage (freshwater  pollution),  Northern  Italy.  We  have  provided  technical  support to the law firm that assisted the Client in the proceeding, preparing   a   Technical   Consultancy   Report   demonstrating   the   absence of a causal link between the transient exceedances of the limits  of  some  parameters  in  the  discharged  stormwaters  and  the  event of death of fish fauna that occurred in the stream.

Sector: Manufacturing Sector

Period: 2019


Initial Client Situation

Following the conclusions of the investigations related to a fish fauna death event in a stream, a company operating in the metal production sector was charged for having caused a significant impairment of the stream water quality due to the high concentrations of pollutants in the stormwater discharged into the stream, causing a phenomenon of death of the fish fauna.


SHELTER activities

We have provided technical support to the law firm that assisted the Client in the proceedings, preparing a Technical Consultancy report demonstrating the absence of a causal link between the transient exceedances of the limits of some parameters in the discharged stormwaters and the event of death of fish fauna that occurred in the stream.

The Technical Consultancy report has shown that:

  • The alleged crimes did not exist and, in any case, were in no way related with the facts ascertained at the time of the inspection by the Authorities.
  • There were no technical assessments that could correlate the fish fauna death event to the transient exceedances of the discharge limits of some parameters.
  • The concentrations of pollutants found and the eco-toxicological characteristics of the substances for which transient exceedances of the discharge limits were identified, could not cause a significant and measurable impairment of the water quality of the stream.