Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Something to worry about besides the economy—nuclear waste deliveries
by Larry Geller
I just want to check whether you are reading this blog carefully. Did you notice this in the article Disappeared news about those Somali pirates that I posted last night?:
So, have you been wondering all along whether the Italian mafia might have some of that nuclear waste lying around to distribute somewhere other than off the coast of Somalia? No? You would not be alone. Again, the 6 p.m. news isn’t likely to warn us that a dirty bomb could be delivered anywhere in the world pretty much at whim.
A little research when I was double-checking the Huffington Post story quickly turned this up:
A mafia informer told the anti-mafia bureau in Potenza that an ENEA manager paid the 'Ndrangheta mafia to get rid of 600 drums of nuclear and toxic waste from Germany, France, Switzerland and the United States in 1987. He claimed that the mafia disposed of the radioactive material at unauthorized, non-secure sites in southern Italy, Somalia and in the Mediterranean Sea. [Environmental Research, Italian Mafia Accused of Trafficking Nuclear Waste, 10/18/2007]
ENEA is the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment.
You have them to thank for providing their mafia friends with 600 drums of nuclear and toxic waste. The article is dated 2007, so if Al Quaida wanted any of the stuff, they have had plenty of time to make a deal, while Bush was distracted in Iraq.
Why would the mafia just dump all of that stuff off the coast of Somalia, considering what they could get for it? Delivery is no problem. Just label it “concrete aggregate” and ship it to Mufi for his rail project. You get the idea, anyway.
Ok, now you have something to worry about besides the economy and finishing your taxes on time.