Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
BRUSSELS

EU confirms it is taking Italy to court over Lazio rubbish

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Brussels, March 21 - The European Union is
formalizing the measures it will take to refer Italy to the
European Court of Justice for failing to resolve the trash
situation in the central Italian region of Lazio, where the
capital is based.
The environment ministry announced last Friday the nation
had been indicted to the European Court for the ''situation of
waste management in the Lazio region'' around Rome.
The correct rubbish treatment procedures were not
implemented in landfills in Malagrotta and elsewhere in Lazio,
according to the EU.
Last fall, rubbish started piling up in Rome's streets in a
crisis reminiscent of the problems Naples has had in recent
years due to lack of landfill areas.
Amidst the ongoing crisis, Environment Minister Corrado
Clini said that it would be inevitable for the nation to be
referred to the European Court if a new dump site were not found
in a timely manner.
Rome's huge dump at Malagrotta is filled well beyond
capacity, and local administrators, environmental groups and
residents unable to agree on an alternative at the time.
In January, 1,000 people demonstrated in front of a
southern Italian garbage-disposal facility in Colfelice, located
near Frosinone, to protest the importation of 430 tonnes of
rubbish per day from Rome.
A State decree signed by environmental minister Corrado
Clini designated the landfill to relieve Rome's rubbish
emergency.

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