The Sacco Valley has been literally poisoned by industries during the last century.
Large quantities of pollutants have been poured into the Sacco river which crosses the entire valley; numerous toxic wastes have been buried, and the presence of incinerators still pollutes the air in some areas.
A particularly harmful molecule, deriving from the production of industrial pesticides, has been accumulating in the bodies of residents for several years, to the point of mobilizing the ISS, which is currently carrying out a program to monitor the health of residents.
After the scandal of 2005, the year in which many dead cows were found on the banks of the river, several remediation operations have been put in place but they are proceeding very slowly.
Still today it is not possible to cultivate along the banks of the river or to consume products from the animals in the area.
Superior Institute of Health’s researches showed a mortality worse than the rest of Lazio, as well as an excess of some serious diseases.