Managers knew of dangers of toxic dump, say prosecutors
Waste contaminated water, food for many years04 April, 15:42
Charges against the managers include willful water poisoning, malicious endangerment of public health, and illicit trade in hazardous materials. Contaminated water has been distributed to roughly 700,000 people for years throughout a vast part of central Italy as a result, the ISS found in March. The ISS added that lead contamination is also a concern.
The State body said "even hospitals and schools" in the province of Pescara were victims of poisons that infiltrated the water supply from a massive toxic waste dump near Bussi sul Tirino, a small town located between two national parks and about 40 km from Pescara. Since 1901, Bussi has been an industrial site producing chemicals for both civilian and military use including tear gas, poison gas, explosives, and alloys for armored vehicles.
Beginning in the 1960s, the area's plants came under the control of Montedison, with production focusing on other highly toxic materials such as tetraethyl lead and methyl chloride.
Much of the area's population worked at Montedison plants.