Liquid Waste in Belladanza!
(Città di Castello | 08.07.2008)
Following a fire at Belladanza on July 8, 2008, Bernicchi, the President
of Sogepu, responded to a letter from Town Councillor Franco Ciliberti,
maintaining that “Sogepu has always acted with respect to
In the summer of 2008, the New Committee for Belladanza was alerted
by residents in the area that liquid waste was being discharged
directly into the Belladanza landfill. Some of the NCB members documented
this by taking photographs,
which may be viewed on this web site. (Video
documentation may also be downloaded).
Article 6 of D. Lgs. 13.1.2003 n. 36 lett. A expressly forbids the
depositing of liquid wastes in the landfill. The truck in the photos
belongs to Sogepu and is easily identifiable by its license plate.
Also visible is the blackish pool of liquid that has been discharged
from the tube that is attached to the truck. The photos show that
the tube is left in place once the liquid is discharged in order
to facilitate future operations, which – according to eyewitnesses
– were taking place on an almost daily basis prior to the
These photos are part of the supporting evidence for an exposé
that has been presented to the Procura della Repubblica presso il
Tribunale di Perugia, al Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela dell’Ambiente
(N.O.E.), all’Arpa – Dipartimento di Perugia, al Corpo
Forestale dello Stato ed alla Polizia Provinciale di Perugia in
the hope that someone will finally carry out an in-depth investigation
to ascertain what is really happening at Belladanza.
When word got out about the exposé, the comings and goings
of the truck suddenly stopped, and the tube disappeared. But in
the meantime, those “mystery” liquids were being discharged
into the landfill for days, and considering the proximity of the
If we continue to courteously request explanations from Sogepu,
who is the only supervisor of its own operations, it is indeed improbable
that the company will accuse itself of any irregularities.
Meanwhile, Mayor Fernanda Cecchini brings the Mayor of Ramallah
to Belladanza to boast about the excellency of the landfill’s
management. If this is the best that Città di Castello has