"Arrogant illegality" threatens Italian coasts

The state of Italian seas and coastlines is worsening, according to a report last week by environmental group Legambiente. Analysing official data, Legambiente found that legal infringements relating to sewage treatment rose by 15% between 2003 and 2004. Areas affected by bathing bans increased by 7%, an "alarm bell" after years of improvement. Illegal fishing rose by 33% and seizures of illegal buildings by 81%. "The report brings to light widespread and arrogant lawlessness," said Legambiente's chairman Roberto Della Seta. He blamed the Berlusconi government for disregarding environmental issues. See press release, memo and report.

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