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
mountain and the woodland on the river bed of the Gracciata would
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
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
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
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
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
rubber tires, chemical residues - everything foul immaginable - never
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
render the plan unworkable. It is now therefore possible to admire
wall of uncovered trash, much higher than 5 meters and piled with