In the town of Caivano (Italy) , cabbages are yellow and not white , as normal. ‘It was polluted everything: groundwater, wells , land and even the cabbage. We found , in particular, cadmium , arsenic and lead with parameters of 4-500 times that exceeded the maximum allowed’. (General Giovanni Costa , head of the Forest Guard of Naples and its province, interviewed by Corriere del Mezzogiorno) .
The boundaries do not fare better : Qualiano, Villaricca and Giugliano towns are the industrial triangle of illegal dumping of toxic waste , which is managed by the Mallardo clan, while Casalesi Clan control the territories of Caserta . ” (Italia24ore)
But the Land of Fires (this is the nickname of that territory of Campania by the hundreds of illegal fires of industrial garbage done by Camorra) is not limited to these populous towns or to the ‘triangle of death’ of Acerra , Nola and Marigliano , where in last years an exponential increase of tumors , especially in children , and mortality is growing.
47 municipalities are officially ‘ contaminated ‘ , including Afragola, Arzano, Aversa, Caivano, Calvizzano, Cardito, Carinaro, Casal di principe, Casaluce, Casandrino, Casapesenna, Casavatore, Casoria, Cesa, Crispano, Frattamaggiore, Frattaminore, Frignano, Giugliano, Gricignano di Aversa, Grumo Nevano, Lusciano, Marano, Melito, Mugnano, Orta di Atella, Parete, Qualiano, San Cipriano d’Aversa, San Marcellino, Sant’Antimo, Sant’Arpino, Succivo, Teverola, Trentola-Ducenta, Villa di Briano, Villa Literno, Villaricca.
To these towns three districts of Naples have to be added: Bagnoli and Cavalleggeri, where the dismantling of the former Eternit factory has turned into a huge pile of asbestos few meters far from the houses , and Pianura, where is a landfill hotly contested by the population.
At a guess we are talking about two million people daily exposed to industrial products or their smogs that are toxic, mutagenic, harmful to health.
Not for particular sins of the people that lives there, but for the gangs acting in plain sight, for a local political class selected elsewhere and for an Italian Republic which intervenes little and badly , unless it is distracted and busy in a completely different .
Needless to say, the costs of health are becoming increasingly unsustainable for the Campania Region and one of the richest agricultural production in Europe will be thrown away for years and years, relegating those territories to subsidiaryty.
The causes of an environmental disaster of so large and so dramatic consequences are few: the Camorra, the Italian Republic, the Italian Parliament.
In fact, the root of all evils is the traffic of hazardous wastes, which began in 1982 , thanks to an Italian law that deregulated the treatment of industrial waste, without – as tragically proved – adequate controls on the sites and on the certifiers .
In the 80s , long ago, we report the first investigation, ‘Adelphi’, for international traffic of industrial bins and sewage buried in the quarries of Caserta and in the plains of Terra di Lavoro (today Land of Fires).
Only then (it was 1991 ) Italian Republic established an observatory and a parliamentary commission of inquiry , but not a comprehensive inspectorate and not a stricter rule on sites and certifications .
Today, it is a fact that the legislation and control systems were inadequate, as demonstrated by the process of Eternit Bagnoli which ended in the first instance with the sentencing to 16 years of the Swiss tycoon Stephan Schmidheiny and the Belgian Baron Louis De Cartier, former leaders of the multinational, (con)damned for environmental disaster and malicious willful default of safety precautions , but … the sentences are gone in prescription and asbestos is still there, in open air not so far from houses.
A sieve, which benefits – imposing it as dominant thanks to a billion- euro business – the Casalesi Clan, legal dealers for the construction of fish tanks from Lago Patria up to Mondragone, used for the extraction of sand and … the burying more of everything .
Still, the principal dealer of the Casalesi Clan, Carmine Schiavone – already during the interrogation of ’93 , ’94 and ’96 – had described the whole illegal chain for the spillage of waste, stemming in large part ‘outputs’ from North Italy companies, on time untouched by all the investigations .
Then, at the beginning of the second millennium, while the Italian Republic and its Parliament were managing a disaster with unexplainable ease, the Campania Felix was wasted also by the vainglory of the Policy.
So it happened that the national news, in those years – rather than to make pressure on the Casalesi Camorra and the regional misrule, all twisted the question like ‘ incinerator yes-no ‘ as suggested by Minister Pecoraro Scanio and flashed the general attention on popular uprisings against legal landfills ( there have been convictions ) but not against those abusive …
Meanwhile , our companies of the North Italy continued to send their industrial wastes at unbeatable prices … why would they suspect of those who offered them it without problems?
Meanwhile, while tons of harmful waste are coming from northern Italy to Naples and Caserta, the same Italy refused to place in its landfills the relatively few tons of garbage that invaded the city of Naples (without legal landfills) and created a global healthcare alarm even to WHO in New York.
Since then it goes on with a dozen fires per day, organized by small gangs employed by the Camorra around the provinces of Naples and Casert , to burn waste, solvents, tires, harmful products come from everywhere. And now even the wind is the enemy , in Terra di Lavoro aka Land of Fires , because it takes anywhere dioxins , heavy metals, toxic or mutagenic compounds.
Who can is leaving fine owned homes or work activities to take refuge in the few ‘safe’ areas. A silent, desperate exodus with no return.
The Italian Republic, its Parliament, its national Media? Absent or at least silent.
Not seen if , until 31 December 2007, the Province of Caserta – with an international alarm for environmental disaster in progress – legislated to certify every wells with any statement provided by its owner and only from that date it was needed certain checks to be allowed to create and use a pit. Actually, ’60-70% of the wells used to irrigate the land is outlawed ” (CampaniaNotizie.com)
An Italy that stalls, sipping resources and responsibilities, if ” the third largest city in Campania, one of the most populous regions of Italy, is the ‘capital of poisons’. In Giugliano town is taking place in plain sight and in the general silence, one of the the most serious disasters in Europe.
In the almost ninety-five km square area – that extends from Marano to Aversa stretching up into the Domitian coast, three of the four elements of nature are – in some cases – irreparably compromised : the dioxin breathed by the air, the leachates gone in many agricultural wells as the the (in)famous ponds where the Camorra has spilled the impossible, the industrial poisons filling the earth.
The Giugliano ecosystem is so devastated that – few months ago – Prosecutor Alessandro Milita, author of a complex investigation into the Resit landfill (note: as big as 2,600 football fields ), told the parliamentary committee on waste cycle that exponential growth of pollution ‘can only be compared to AIDS , because in the coming years it will be extended again. Among forty years will inevitably come to terms. According to the expertise of the geologist Giovanni Balestri, in 2064 the aquifer under the Resit will be compromised by thousands of tons of poisons leached through the tuff’.
In Resit – by the initiative of the clan but behind a facade of legality represented by false claims – 341,000 tonnes of hazardous waste have been downloaded over the years, including 30,600 tons of all kinds of waste from chemical factory Acna Cengio, actually found less than twelve feet below ground. The landfill in Scafarea is the head of the monster that has already polluted twelve exploration wells in the surrounding countryside planted with vegetables and fruit and spits out , day after day, streams of toxic leachate.’ ( Il Corriere del Mezzogiorno)
A distracted Parliament while invoking the fight against tax evasion and undeclared work, if the prefectural Commission found that the city of Giugliano in Campania denotes a ‘lack of control and serious administrative problems at the vegetable market’, which is the second in Italy after Milan with a movement of one million tons per year of fruit and vegetables.
Even plans to introduce tougher sentencing, mandatory arrest for environmental crimes, summary trials on the basis of biochemical tests of the police.
No notice on the evidence that it is thanks to his laws and his (deficient) controls that Camorra has been able to achieve a kolossal environmental disaster, which otherwise continues unabated .
Not even wonders how it can still be fully asserted its jurisdiction in so abandoned lands in hands of Camorra Clan, where citizens, rather than conspiratorial, are quite intimidated and deeply disheartened .
Not even a prominent politician in the sit ins as in the events promoted by parish priests and bishops , the ones remained in the forefront among the people.
Not a national front-page for a carnage – if unintended – is a massacre , and an ethnic cleansing – if still tolerated.
So, in this unfunny game, it happened that – few weeks ago – a well-known Italian newspaper asked why the Neapolitan people does not rebel. A quite paradoxical question: against the Camorra or against the State – that claims taxes and does not guarantee safety and health – or both?
Do not blow on the embers which may be fire, if anyone does not recall the facts and/or forgets our history, after having spoken and written with contempt – and with impunity for decades – ‘on the Neapolitan people’ , starting from the stands of stadiums, as if racism could be everything else than racism.
Rather, we should ask whether the state exists in the provinces of Naples and Caserta or whether, as seems just , something has failed.
To save those who are still alive and help those who have nothing … to believe .
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