Radioactive waste from Italy dumped in Somalia may have affected Italian soldiers based there with a United Nations force in the mid-1990s.

Mafia controls 30 pct of Italian rubbish disposal
ITALY: November 8, 2000

ROME - The Mafia controls about 30 percent of Italy‘s rubbish disposal companies, including toxic waste, according to a parliamentary study on illegal waste-trafficking issued yesterday.

The report said the so-called „ecomafia“ ran companies dealing with about 35 million tons of refuse a year, raking in at least 15 trillion lire ($6.66 billion).

The commission, looking into links between organised crime and rubbish, said groups including the Naples-based Camorra and the Calabrian ‚Ndrangheta were infiltrating the entire chain of waste disposal.
Commission head Massimo Scalia said the Mafia, seeking new business interests beyond their traditional southern strongholds, had moved into areas of Italy that had been considered free from the grip of organised crime.

The report said both local governments and companies unwittingly used Mafia-controlled firms to get rid of their garbage, especially industrial and toxic waste which is harder to dispose of.

„The defining factor is the search for the cheapest way to get rid of rubbish, with no control over its final destination,“ the report said, adding that some of it ended up in caves, waterways, and even buried on farmland.
The report also showed the illegal rubbish route winding its way overseas.

Radioactive waste from Italy dumped in Somalia may have affected Italian soldiers based there with a United Nations force in the mid-1990s, the report said.

REUTERS NEWS SERVICE

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