Italy confirms higher cancer, death rates from mob dumping

January 2, 2016 byNicole Winfield
Italy confirms higher cancer, death rates from mob dumping
- In this Nov. 18, 2013 photo, rubbish is piled up on the edge of cultivated land near Caivano, in the surroundings of Naples, southern Italy. An Italian parliament-mandated health survey has confirmed higher-than-normal incidents of death and cancer among residents in and around Naples, thanks to decades of toxic waste dumping by the local Camorra mob. The report by the National Institute of Health said it was "critical" to address the rates babies in the provinces of Naples and Caserta being hospitalized in the first year of life for "excessive" instances of tumors, especially brain tumors. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

An Italian parliament-mandated health survey has confirmed higher-than-normal incidents of death and cancer among residents in and around Naples, thanks to decades of toxic waste dumping by the local Camorra mob.

The report by the National Institute of Health said it was "critical" to address the rates of babies in the provinces of Naples and Caserta who are being hospitalized in the first year of life for "excessive" instances of tumors, especially brain tumors.

The report, which updated an initial one in 2014, blamed the higher-than-expected rates on "ascertained or suspected exposure to a combination of that can be emitted or released from illegal dump hazardous waste sites or the uncontrolled burning of both urban and hazardous waste."

Residents have long complained about from the dumping, which has poisoned the underground wells that irrigate the farmland which provides vegetables for much of Italy's center and south. Over the years, police have sequestered dozens of fields because their irrigation wells contained high levels of lead, arsenic and the industrial solvent tetrachloride.

Authorities say the contamination is due to the Camorra's multibillion-dollar racket in disposing of , mainly from industries in Italy's wealthy north that ask no questions about where the garbage goes as long as it's taken off their hands—for a fraction of the cost of legal disposal. In recent years, Camorra turncoats have revealed how the racket works, directing police to specific sites where toxic garbage was dumped.

In 2014, parliament passed a law mandating the National Institute of Health, a public institution under the Health Ministry, to report on the rates of death, hospitalization and cancer in the 55 municipalities in the so-called "Land of Fires."

The new report, released Dec. 30 with little fanfare, confirmed what residents have long known, the Rev. Maurizio Patriciello, a priest in the area, wrote Saturday in Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference which has long advocated on behalf of the area's residents.

"Can we claim victory? Absolutely not," he wrote. "In this shameful, sad and painful story, we have lost everything. The government above all."

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marko
5 / 5 (1) Jan 03, 2016
And .... what about the toxic waste that disappears in the sea and the Mediterranean - besides the drums with people.

Happy fishing.

Nik_2213
not rated yet Jan 03, 2016
Won't matter after Vesuvius or its neighbours erupt. There'll be enough toxic ash to blanket the region knee-deep...
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gkam
1 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2016
Don't these folk know who the dumpers are? Are they ALL SCARED of the Bad Guys? No guts? No spine?

Nobody there to start a citizen's group to deal with the Bad Guys? Nobody to call out the nasty folk? Are they just going to let these nasty folk poison their kids?
EnviroEquipment_Com
1 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2016
I somehow doubt that will illegal dumping in and around Naples is mob related. There are plenty of non-criminals out there who are simply too cheap or too lazy to properly dispose of toxic waste. Not that more people doing something makes it okay to do but…
TheGhostofOtto1923
4 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2016
Don't these folk know who the dumpers are? Are they ALL SCARED of the Bad Guys? No guts? No spine?
Gkam should know that mob families are all headed by spineless, gutless psychopaths.
I somehow doubt that will illegal dumping in and around Naples is mob related
There is big money in waste disposal which is why it is a favored target for mobsters around the world. Easy to drive out honest competition, intimidate customers, and bribe politicians and inspectors, to look the other way.
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