Genoa - The investigative unit of the provincial command of the Forestry service at Genoa has seized a mound of earth and rocks of unknown origin that was considered waste, found at the construction site for the filling-in of the Bettolo Quay. Nine have been accused: the Chief Operating Officer and foreman of the Bettolo Quay, the legal representative of the company that demolished a shed on Via Albertazzi, the legal representative of the company that transported the waste, the director of the demolition works, three drivers who transported the waste and a lorry owner. The latter and one of the drivers are accused only of forgery because allegedly they signed the waste transport forms in place of the legal producer of the waste.
The investigation involved the tailing and inspection of the transport papers of demolition waste from a construction site on Via Albertazzi, close to one of the port gates. The crime being investigated is one of illegal waste management and forgery. The company in charge of the demolition, in collaboration with the company that carried out the transportation, illegally filled in part of the rubble at the Bettolo Quay site and from there it disappeared “presumably into the basin which was in the process of being filled” states the Forestry Service.During a visit to the construction site, on top of a huge mound that was supposed to be just sand dredged from the harbour, the investigators noticed a pile of earth completely different from the rest of the material. The area was cordoned off: samples were taken to be analysed for the presence of hazardous materials. Meanwhile, Palazzo San Giorgio claims it suffered damages: a press release quotes “the port authority announces immediate steps to protect themselves against those found to be responsible for unlawful damage to the Authority”. It was also reported that “the area is given over to the contractors, specifically the company Tecnis, which is in charge of the filling operation”.