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The landfill of Belladanza in its natural setting: a wound in one of the most
beautiful of Italian Apennine valleys.


Belladanza shown centered in the area of the proposed expansion. The
mountain and the woodland on the river bed of the Gracciata would be
doomed to disappear.

The view from Belladanza. The Santuary of Canoscio, which is the principal
destination of local tourism, is the point from which the panorama of the
rubbish can be best admired.

The woodland (now in the center of the photograph), is the last natural
bulwark between the Valley of the Alto Tevere and the Monster of Belladanza.

And above the river bed the part of the clay hill that Sogepu would excavate
and take away.

Here is the little hill that annoys Sogepu: a strip of rocky land, many hectares
of woods… all to be destroyed, thus removing the last defense of the hill,
which at the first heavy rainfall could collapse like a sandcastle struck by a
wave.

And here are the cultivated fields on the hillside, many of which would be
doomed to disappear. In the background are the houses that would be the
first victims of the landslides and air pollution.

The part of Belladanza that should already be covered in preparation for
reclamation. Contrary to the engineered plans of remodelling the hill by means
of “stepping” up the hillside, one completed “step” of rubbish at a time, this
area remains open and appears ready to recive lots of new rubbish.
 
The Sogepu Administration says that there are no dangerous wastes at
Belladanza. Here they are, basking in the warm rays of the autumn sun:
rubber tires, chemical residues - everything foul immaginable - never treated
or covered over.
 
The engineered plan required Sogepu to make 5 meter high earth-sealed cells,
or “steps” of rubbish. The inestimable quantities of rubbish being received
render the plan unworkable. It is now therefore possible to admire an unstable
wall of uncovered trash, much higher than 5 meters and piled with reckless
abandon.