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Lazio region appeals to high court to save rubbish plan


Rome, January 10 - Lazio's regional administration
will fight to the last for its rejected garbage disposal plan,
as it announced on Thursday that it will immediately appeal to
Italy's highest administrative court, the Council of State, to
save it.
Rubbish could start piling up in Rome's streets in a crisis
reminiscent of the problems Naples has had in recent years if a
new dump site is not found, Environment Minister Corrado Clini
warned last fall.
Clini presented a draft decree on Monday to ward off a
rubbish emergency in the capital, which would designate space in
regional facilities for waste coming from Rome province.
On Wednesday, however, Lazio's garbage woes thickened when
the Lazio Regional Administrative Court threw out the regional
administration's 2011-2017 waste management plan, passed in
January 2012.
The Lazio court ruled in favor of the Green Party's
complaint that European Commission (EC) had already found Lazio
in violation of European rules when it came to waste management.
Lazio's administration countered on Thursday that EC had,
in fact, lifted its sanction, which dated back to 2007, thanks
to the measures outlined in January 2012 plan.
The Lazio administration quoted an EC commission ruling
which found the plans "in line with European legislation".
"It astonishes, therefore, that (the Lazio court) maintains
that those same norms were violated," the Lazio administration's
statement said.
The Lazio court argued that the EC's assessment had been
correct when it concluded that the region's waste management did
not go far enough to abate dangers to human health and to the
environment, but only reduced the volume and dangerous contents
of the rubbish.
Lazio Green Party President Nando Bonessio complained that
Lazio's waste management plan was based on "landfills and
incinerators in the Lazio region, where they passed-off
shredding and sorting as treatment".
The Lazio court also chucked out the regional government's
claim that it had already curtailed the quantity of its waste
and reached a 2012 goal of 65% differentiated trash collection
for recycling.
The Lazio court wrote, "The official data of (the State's
environmental research institute) ISPRA…show a different trend
from that which was taken into consideration by the regional
administration, indicating a constant annual rise in the
production of regional waste."
Regional technicians are currently investigating this
ßßßß The Italian capital has been on the verge of having trash
problems for some time with its huge dump at Malagrotta filled
to well beyond capacity and local administrators, environmental
groups and residents unable to agree on an alternative.
ßßßß A commissioner for the rubbish emergency, Prefect Goffredo
Sottile, was brought in by the technocrat government of
Mario Monti to handle the emergency and locate new space for
Rome's trash.
ßßßß ''On January 1, 2013 we risk having rubbish in the streets
of Rome,'' Sottile declared in late October.

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