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Latest update : 2014-07-04

Italy: Toxic Naples

Industrial sludge, all kinds of garbage and even nuclear waste... For years, organised crime dumped millions of tons of toxic waste on the outskirts of Naples. This contamination of the air and soil, a full-blown ecological disaster, affects a helpless population.

Over time, the rate of cancer and birth defects have increased in the Naples region, although no direct link can be made between the dumping of toxic waste and the health of locals.

Faced with this public health problem, the Italian government recently passed the first ever law acknowledging the issue. The law aims to locate and identify illegal rubbish dumps, which are sometimes buried underground, and the extent of contamination, then improve the land and assess residents’ health.

Our correspondents went to Naples, nicknamed “Italy's garbage bin”, to investigate.

By Natalia Mendoza , Bertrand AGUIRRE

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