Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Mafia rubbish dumps seized as Berlusconi declares Naples clean

by Staff Writers
Naples, Italy (AFP) July 18, 2008
Police seized eight mafia-controlled landfill sites around Naples Friday and charged 17 suspects, as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi travelled to the city to declare the waste crisis over.

The 17, some of whom were already in jail convicted of other crimes, have been variously charged with criminal association with the mafia, environmental damage and illegal waste-trafficking, according to an official statement.

Tens of thousands of tonnes of untreated waste piled up in Naples and surrounding areas ahead of April's general election, with Berlusconi making a solution a key plank of his campaign.

The long-running issue was blamed on a lack of local incinerators, and landfill sites controlled by the local Camorra mafia, some of which were used for illegal dumping of toxic waste.

"Today I can proudly announce that there is no longer rubbish in the streets," Berlusconi told farmers' union Coldiretti in Rome before travelling to Naples in person.

Berlusconi is expected to use a cabinet meeting specially convened in the city on Friday to announce an end to the crisis -- although according to witnesses on the ground, the situation is far from over.

"The historic city centre of Naples and its immediate vicinity is clean. There is no longer any rubbish, but in the outlying areas the situation is catastrophic," an AFP photographer reported.

Berlusconi warned on Thursday that the problem would only be definitively solved when a number of new incinerators go into service in 18 months time.

Three of the sites seized by police Friday had been opened illegally and the other five contained unauthorised waste from hospitals and industry in the north and central parts of Italy, a police spokesman for the Caserta region said.

The eight landfills were managed by the Casalesi, the most powerful clan in the Camorra.

Naples and the surrounding region have been placed under a state of emergency for the past 14 years as the problem of untreated waste grew -- earning the city a prosecution in May this year by the European Commission.

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Our Polluted World and Cleaning It Up

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

80 percent of Vietnam factories breach pollution rules: study
Hanoi (AFP) July 17, 2008
Eight out of ten factories and industrial parks in Vietnam breach environmental regulations, state media reported Thursday, citing a government study in the rapidly-industrialising country.

  • China quake zone govt to sell luxury HQ after outcry: report
  • China quake sends 1.4 million back into poverty: report
  • Asia sets stage for disaster relief exercise with key powers
  • Exercise For Rapid Disaster Relief Using Space-Based Technologies

  • Australia's Rudd hits out at critics of carbon trading scheme
  • Australia to set up carbon trading scheme by 2010
  • CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship Launched
  • In Namibian desert, the heat is on to address climate change

  • ESA To Consult The Science Community On Earth Explorer Selection
  • NASA's Deep Impact Films Earth As An Alien World
  • ESA Launches Program In Support Of Earth Observation Science
  • Astrium Purchases Majority Share In Spot Image

  • Analysis: Iraq Energy Roundup
  • OECD Report Confirms Overall Benefits Of Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol
  • UC San Diego Launches Sweeping Sustainable Energy Program
  • China warns ExxonMobil to drop Vietnam deal: report

  • The Way To A Virus' Heart Is Through Its Enzymes
  • Discovery Of Key Malaria Proteins Could Mean Sticky End For Parasite
  • Pandemic Mutations In Bird Flu Revealed
  • Researchers Identify Potential Drug Candidates To Combat Bird Flu

  • Sea Turtle Nesting Season In Los Cabos Now Underway
  • International Spotlight On Tiny Worms
  • The Exotic Side Of Veterinary Science
  • Incentives For Carbon Sequestration May Not Protect Species

  • Peru fears environmental mining disaster
  • Mafia rubbish dumps seized as Berlusconi declares Naples clean
  • Berlusconi says Naples rubbish crisis is over
  • Boeing And Alenia Support Composite Industrial Recycling Plant

  • Will Our Future Brains Be Smaller
  • Do We Think That Machines Can Think
  • A Microsatellite-Guided Insight Into The Genetic Status Of The Adi Tribe
  • New Map IDs The Core Of The Human Brain

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement