European Commission warns Italy about Naples trash crisis

By Nicole Winfield
Sunday, October 24, 2010

The European Commission warned Italy on Saturday that it may face sanctions if it does not remove 2,400 tons of trash piled up in the streets of Naples.

For more than a week, protesters in Terzigno, a small town near Naples, have torched vehicles, burned Italian flags and hurled stones and firecrackers at police to protest the stench and filth at a local dump and plans to open a new dumping site.

Clashes continued overnight, but the situation around Terzigno was calm Saturday, news reports said.

Pope Benedict XVI weighed in Saturday, saying he was praying for a "fair and mutually agreed upon solution to the problem," according to a message received by the local diocese.

European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said the clashes over where to dump Naples's waste showed that Italy has not taken sufficient measures since the last garbage crisis flared in 2007.

- Associated Press

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