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Trash Plagued Naples Now Faces Legal Action

The BBC reported Thursday that the European Union has given Italy a one month deadline to correct the growing waste management crisis in the city of Naples or face legal action. Piles of trash have been growing in the streets over the last few weeks, causing major health concerns from Naples residents as well as the residents of the southern Italian region of Campania.

“The situation in Campania is intolerable, and I fully understand the frustrations of residents who fear for their health,? said Stavros Dimas, European environment commissioner.

The European Union issued a warning to Italy that either they find a solution to the crisis within a month or they'll face legal action, in coordination with EU waste laws. The warning sent to Rome this week is the third such warning that Rome has received, the first being in June 2007, and a second later that year in October.

The New York Times estimates some 250,000 tons of trash has piled up on the streets of Naples since collectors stopped routine pick ups.