On July 8, 2008, there was a fire at the landfill. The investigation
into the fire was limited to attributing its cause to spontaneous
combustion, the origin of which does not seem to be an important
detail either for Sogepu or for Town Councillor Masetti, by whom
the official explanation given by Sogepu was deemed to be more than
satisfactory. Some of the members of the City Council of Città
di Castello as well as a majority of the minority members remained,
however, unconvinced by the investigation. In response to a letter
from Town Councillor Ciliberti, Sogepu President Bernicchi proudly
emphasized the speed with which the fire was extinguished once the
alarm had been sounded by an alert citizen.
But what would have happened without the prompt action of this citizen?
Although we appreciate the efficient and timely intervention of
the Fire Department, we would prefer to count on action taken to
avoid shuch dangerous incidents rather than on action taken to contain
them. The next time the fire brigade might not arrive in time to
avert an environmental disaster.
Sogepu and some politicians continue to insist on the necessity
of doubling Belladanza. But the fire is the umpteenth demonstration
of how difficult it is for Sogepu to correctly manage the landfill
even in its current size and the irresponsible manner in which it
handles problems that - like the fire - can endanger the safety
of the citizenry. One can only imagine what dangers the doubling
of Belladanza would bring….