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Southern Italy’s cancer epidemic, due to radioactive trash dumping

To clean it up it would cost the entire Italian budget for a year I think.’  

The lower house in the Italian Parliament had elected to make the documents public in the interests of transparency.

Toxic nuclear waste dumped illegally by the Mafia is blamed for surge in cancers in southern Italy He added: ‘We disposed of 70 or 80 trucks from the north, millions and millions of tonnes.    Read more: 

  • Italian Senate investigating link between pollutants and 50 per cent rise
  • Classified documents from 1997 reveal poison would kill everyone 
  • Nuclear sludge, brought from Germany, was dumped in landfills

By HANNAH ROBERTS IN ROME   1 November 2013 Toxic nuclear and industrial waste, dumped illegally by the Neapolitan mafia, is responsible for a surge in cancers in southern Italy, it is feared.

The Italian Senate is investigating a link between buried pollutants and a rise of almost 50 per cent in tumours found in the inhabitants of several towns around Naples.

In classified documents from 1997, only now released to the public, a mafia kingpin warned authorities that the poison in the ground would kill everyone ‘within two decades’. Camorra chief Francesco Schiavone, once the world’s number one mafia fugitive, said: ‘The inhabitants are all at risk of dying from cancer within twenty years.

‘In towns like Casapesenna, Casal di Principe, Castel Volturno, and so on, they have, perhaps, twenty years to live. In fact I don’t think anyone will survive.’

Doctors first noticed that cancers in towns around Naples were on the rise in the 1990s. But since that time they have increased by 40 per cent in women and 47 per cent in men.


 The illegal trafficking of hazardous waste came to light in 1997 when Francesco’s cousin, Carmine Schiavone, was overcome by guilt at the environmental damage he and others were inflicting, and decided to turn super-grass.  Francesco Schiavone was arrested and eventually given a life sentence for a string of murders.

In secret out-of-court testimony he told lawyers how the Casalesi clan ran ‘a military style operation’ dumping millions of tonnes of waste on farmland, in caves, in quarries and even on the edge of towns.  The mafia family also disposed of contaminated waste in Lake Lucrino and all along the coast.

Operatives were equipped with real police and carabinieri uniforms, as well as firearms, and the clans raked in huge profits of up to 600 million of the old lire (£200,000) a month.  The industry became an officially clan-sanctioned ‘business’ in 1990 but had been going on long before.  Nuclear sludge, brought in on trucks from plants in Germany, was dumped in landfills, Schiavone said. The trucks would unload waste at night before earth was thrown over with a JCB.

He said: ‘I know that some is on land where buffalo live today, and on which no grass grows’

The cost of a clean up would run into billions, he said, describing several sites in the suburbs of Naples.

Schiavone revealed: ‘We buried 520 drums of toxic waste in a specially dug quarry near the town of Pure Villaricca. But we also did it in very populated places, outside towns- at Casal di Principe behind the sports field at the edge of the motorway.’He added: ‘We disposed of 70 or 80 trucks from the north, millions and millions of tonnes.

‘To clean it up it would cost the entire Italian budget for a year I think.’ The lower house in the Italian Parliament had elected to make the documents public in the interests of transparency.

November 8, 2013 Posted by | health, Italy, secrets,lies and civil liberties, wastes | Leave a comment

Nuclear waste travelling from Italy to La Hague, France

“In both Italy and France, nuclear energy is at an impasse: they don’t know what to do with nuclear waste”

Italians voted overwhelmingly against a return to nuclear energy in a
June 2011 referendum

Convoy taking Italian spent nuclear fuel to France: reports 24/07/2012 A rail convoy  highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel from Italy to France set off from the northern Italian town of Saluggia overnight, Italian media reported Tuesday. Continue reading

July 25, 2012 Posted by | France, Italy, wastes | Leave a comment

A dubious claim about nuclear fusion

Cold Fusion Experiment: Major Success or Complex Hoax?, Fox news, By ,  November 02, 2011 A physicist in Italy claims to have demonstrated a new type of power plant that provides safe, cheap and virtually unlimited nuclear power to the world, without fossil fuels or radiation concerns.

The only hitch: Scientists say the method — cold fusion — is patently impossible. They say it defies the laws of physics……   Jonathan Koomey, an energy consultant who has advised the EPA, said any extraordinary discovery requires extraordinary proof. He said the E-Cat must be verified by an independent study conducted by scientists who are allowed access to the machine’s inner-workings.

“[The E-Cat experiment] should be treated as a hoax until independent scientists are able to replicate these results,” Koomey told — as one would treat claims that someone had defied the laws of gravity or found a major flaw in the theory of relativity.

Koomey explained that cold fusion defies the laws of thermodynamics. Energy requires an initial, consumable power source that erodes and breaks down — it simply isn’t self-sustaining……

Rossi claims his company, Leonardo Corp., will produce the E-Cat machine, which he first demonstrated earlier this year at the University of Bologna. Proof of the experiment’s success is that the customer will pay for the technology and start using it, he said…

November 3, 2011 Posted by | Italy, Reference, technology | 1 Comment

Court rules compensation for soldier exposed to depleted uranium

DEPLETED URANIUM CONTINUES TO CLAIM VICTIMS, 14 AUGUST 2011  VOICE OF RUSIA  Kosovo, (Pal Telegraph) – A court in Cagliari in Italy has ruled that the Ministry of Defence must pay a half million euros in compensation to the family of a soldier who died from exposure to depleted uranium in NATO bombs that were dropped on Kosovo.

Depleted uranium is used in rockets and bombs for increasing their piercing capacity. It is slightly radioactive and highly toxic. The first Italian death from exposure to it was reported in 2001.

NATO widely used DU munitions during its 1990s campaigns in Kosovo and Bosnia.

August 15, 2011 Posted by | depleted uranium, Italy, Legal | Leave a comment

94% vote against nuclear energy in Italy’s referendum

a historic result. …The expected majority against nuclear power was 94%……The outcome was a huge success for the anti-nuclear movement in the world’s first nationwide vote on the issue since Japan’s Fukushima disaster….”The era of nuclear [energy] is coming to an end today….”

Berlusconi’s nuclear power plans crushed Referendums see huge votes against PM’s plans – a second setback in under two weeks John Hooper in Rome,,   13 June 2011  The anti-nuclear movement won a crushing victory in Italy on Monday when well over 90% of voters rejected Silvio Berlusconi‘s plans for a return to nuclear power generation.

The result represented an overwhelming setback for the prime minister, who had tried to thwart the outcome by discouraging Italians from taking part. Continue reading

June 14, 2011 Posted by | Italy, politics | Leave a comment

Italy goes to vote, with nuclear issue in mind

Italy, also a seismically active country, shut down its nuclear power program in a 1987 referendum following the Chernobyl disaster. Although the referendum was legally binding for only five years, its political staying power proved more durable. Berlusconi pledged in 2009 to revive nuclear power …...
Italians vote on nuclear, water policies, Google News By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press – 11 June 11 MILAN (AP) — Premier Silvio Berlusconi would rather Italians head to the beach and not to the polls this weekend. Continue reading

June 11, 2011 Posted by | Italy, politics | Leave a comment

Solar field instead of nuclear plant, in Italy

Italy’s Last Reactor Town Goes Solar in Fight Against Nuclear , by Alessandra Migliaccio and Flavia RotondiApril 18 (Bloomberg) Montalto di Castro, the town where Italy’s last nuclear plant was built before a two-decade ban, is fighting against a return to atomic power and staking its future on solar energy by hosting Europe’s largest photovoltaic park. Continue reading

April 18, 2011 Posted by | Italy, renewable | Leave a comment

Italy and Switzerland halt nuclear programs

Italy Puts Nuclear Plans on Hold for a Year  Voice of America, 23 March, Italy has declared a one-year moratorium on plans to re-establish a nuclear power industry, in response to a Japanese nuclear crisis that has raised concerns across Europe about the safety of the technology.

The Italian Cabinet approved the moratorium Wednesday, halting any decision-making and research into suitable locations for nuclear plants….. Switzerland reacted to the Japanese nuclear crisis by suspending the approval process for three nuclear plants. Italy Puts Nuclear Plans on Hold for a Year | Europe | English

March 24, 2011 Posted by | business and costs, Italy | Leave a comment

French and Italian calls for Europe to block nuclear energy

In a desperate attempt to save its nuclear industry, France wants to condemn the whole of Europe to a suicidal energy policy.

The French antinuclear network “Sortir du nucléaire ” and its Italian counterpart “Rete Nazionale Antinucleare” call on the representatives of 27 at the European summit on energy to block nuclear and to save the renewable energy industry by refusing the goal of “carbon-free” electricity proposed by France, Italy and the Czech Republic.

European summit on energy: the French government and nuclear industry’s suicidal European energy policy France, with the assistance of Italy and the Czech Republic, is lobbying the European  Council so that the European Union includes the development of nuclear energy instead of renewable energy. Their goal : to replace the quota of 20% renewable energy in Europe in 2020 with a quota of “carbon-free” electricity in the future text of conclusions from the 27 EU leaders summit on energy, 4 February

Nuclear energy hidden behind “carbon-free electricity” “Carbon-free electricity”is the latest trick from the nuclear industry to get nuclear power to pass for a clean energy “without CO2”. Continue reading

February 11, 2011 Posted by | France, Italy, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Italian claim on nuclear fusion a mistake or a hoax?

Discovery says taking their device “directly to the press and public … is a strong sign of pseudoscience, and smacks of a mistake, if not an outright hoax.

Cold fusion claims leave many doubtful Mother Nature Network, Italian scientists say they have finally discovered the fabled source of cheap power. But does their research hold water? By John Platt, Jan 24 2011“……Rossi and Focardi have self-published their research on a blog they started called the Journal of Nuclear Physics. Continue reading

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Italy, spinbuster | 1 Comment

Italy’s nuclear power revival looking politically doubtful

Italy must also decide on a solution for its nuclear waste, an issue that has never been resolved since decommissioning

Berlusconi crisis hits nuclear revival,, By Guy Dinmore in RomePublished: November 22 2010 An octogenarian cancer surgeon controversially chosen by Silvio Berlusconi to lead the relaunch of Italy’s nuclear industry says he did not really want the job and that his appointment may yet be stalled by the possible collapse of the prime minister’s centre-right government…. Continue reading

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Italy, politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Local wind turbines profitable

..the costs of renewable energy have fallen rapidly. And, as in much of Europe, the lure of alternative power here was sweetened by feed-in tariffs – government guarantees to buy renewable electricity at an attractive set price from any company, city or household that produced it

Italian towns turn a profit with the wind at their back, The Age, Elisabeth Rosenthal,Tocco da CasauriaOctober 4, 2010 THE towering wind turbines that rise from gnarled ancient olive groves here speak to something extraordinary happening across Italy. Continue reading

October 4, 2010 Posted by | decentralised, Italy | , , | Leave a comment

Protest against nuclear power plant near Venice

The country has chosen to adopt AREVA’s infamous EPR reactor design which is not yet operational anywhere in the world. The prototypes currently being built in Finland and France are already notorious for their safety concerns, massive cost overruns and schedule delays.

Veneto says NO! to Berlusconi´s nuclear plans Greenpeace by jmckeati – July 28, 2010 This morning 20 GP activists from Italy and Austria made a 2000 square-metre anti-nuclear-sign at the Lido di Venezia in a spectacular protest against the planned nuclear ‘renaissance’ in Italy. Continue reading

July 29, 2010 Posted by | Italy, opposition to nuclear | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Italy’s terrorist danger from nuclear waste dumps, and neighbouring reactors

Terrorism report warns of ‘dirty bomb’ risks, says Italy’s nuclear waste deposits vulnerable, The Canadian Press:By The Associated Press (CP) – 15 June 2010, ROME — Italy’s dumps of nuclear waste and other radioactive material are vulnerable to terrorists and should be kept under strict security, a terrorism report released Monday said. Continue reading

June 15, 2010 Posted by | Italy, safety | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear weapons in Italy and other European countries

ITALIE HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS. Argue with everyone, 12 April, 2010, Pentagon confirms Italie has nuclear weapons From a report by U.S. environmental association Natural Resources Defense Council [1], we had already learned that the United States store 90 nuclear bombs on two Italian bases: 50 in Aviano (Pordenone) and 40 in Ghedi Torre (Brescia). Continue reading

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Italy, weapons and war | , | Leave a comment