Friday, January 10, 2014

Italy arrests head of Europe's biggest landfill

Terra Daily via AFP: Italian police on Thursday placed under house arrest the owner of Europe's biggest landfill outside Rome and six others including a former regional governor as part of an investigation into illegal waste management.

Manlio Cerroni -- dubbed the "King of Waste" by the local press -- manages Malagrotta, a 250-hectare (618-acre) landfill on the outskirts of the Italian capital that has flouted environmental laws for years.

Malagrotta was supposed to have shut in 2007 in line with European rules banning open landfills but local officials had granted successive reprieves for Cerroni....

A pile of waste, shown for generic purposes, shot by S. Müller, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license

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