Rome dioxin alarm after fire at trash facility

Rome food chain at risk of toxic contamination following blaze at TMB Salario.

Rome health officials have warned of the potential contamination of the city's food chain following the massive fire at the TMB Salario waste treatment plant in the north-east of the capital on 11 December.
Technicians from Rome's Azienda Sanitaria Locale (ASL) say that the rain in recent days has improved the air quality but there is now a risk of toxic substances contaminating food produced in the area near the scene of the fire, according to reports in Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
Environmental protection agency ARPA has also conducted tests which, based on prevailing winds, reveal that the areas most affected by the pollution fallout are the western suburb of Boccea and Flaminia Nuova in north Rome.