La Spezia - His contact was “an inspector from a nuclear power plant in Bulgaria”, the alleged plan was to import radioactive waste into Italy, with the complicity of organized crime; at the centre, Vittorio Petricciola, an accountant from La Spezia, who was arrested as part of the investigation into the so-called “gang of bankruptcies”.
According to the anti-mafia bureau’s investigation, this new development emerged when Petricciola offered to a lawyer in La Spezia, Giampaolo Zambella, the chance to enter the illicit waste disposal business, an illegal activity in which the clans of the ’ndrangheta are involved.
The attention of investigators is now focused on an industrial warehouse on the outskirts of Voghera where 5000 tons of waste are contained, since Recology, the company that owns the warehouse, belonging to Milan-based Benazzi group, has just been served an eviction order.Investigators intend to examine the case more thoroughly to determine whether the nuclear waste from Bulgaria has indeed already been brought to Italy and is being stored there. In wire taps Petricciola can be heard saying to Zambella: “We need access to this site as if we were tenants, no one else should be able to enter. During this period – [the events date from last October] - we want to be able to operate, and there will be lots of traffic, truckloads of waste coming in. We’re dealing with organized crime, it’s a very dangerous business... It turns out that Bulgaria nowadays is a nation with seven nuclear thermal plants, and we happen to know an official in one power plant that is in operation, and we’re talking of disposal there too, a little more on the heavy side, but the stakes are high. Enough, I told you what I had to say …”