The controversy was born on social networks on Sunday and is now inflamed. The leader of Action, Carlo Calenda, on vacation in Capalbio, wrote on Facebook and Instagram that the Tuscan coast between Capalbio and Ansedonia is invaded by days of plastics and accuses the mayor of Orbetello: “Brilliant management of the Municipality of Orbetello that cleans the lagoon in the sea like this. Then we talk about the environment and hydrogen. Follow a photo post.
“I’ve been going to this place for 25 years but the arrival of plastics these days is surreal,” Calenda told delivery courier – the photo I took yesterday is the result of what I picked up giving me a simple dip in the sea. The plant managers maintain that generally when the two factors, the sirocco wind and the opening of the lagoon, occur together, there is a spill of material from the lagoon to the sea. Sometimes it may be, as has happened in years past, a very unpleasant smell but these days we find ourselves before a truly extraordinary event. Gathered information from plant managers. The mayor replies that it is not possible for the plastics to pass through the Lagoon, also because there is a mechanism that must filter and not let even the algae pass. I don’t know this but I take a problem seriously which is very serious and that at this point must be understood by the competent authorities in the real dynamics. That is why I also called the president of the Region, Eugenio Giani, who already has alerted the core by environment of the Tuscany Region to verify the situation”.
What the mayor of Orbetello says
The mayor of Orbetello, Andrea Casamenti, after closely responding to Calenda on social media, delivery courier says: “I am resentful along with the entire population of my municipality – says Casamenti – the leader of action said a gigantic nonsense because who knows what the Orbetello Lagoon is knows that we have it algae scavenger and not plastics that are not in the Lagoon and therefore if there is a plastic problem this is due to a general problem of the Mediterranean Sea. Then, when there is the Scirocco that persists in this period, it is natural that, alas, everything that is thrown into our sea comes from the open sea. calenda you should then apologize to my municipality because with his publications, being a national leader and therefore taken up by the media, he has created a national image damage and my citizens are enraged. Finally, even if there was a problem of undue plastic invasion as Laguna says, the interlocutor should have been the Municipality of Capalbio because that is the maritime area in question, and not the Municipality of Orbetello».
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Already after Calenda’s post, the mayor had written on Facebook: «I had never heard of the plastics that come out of the lagoon -Casamenti’s response, always through social networks- Surely it is Jokes aside. I wonder if Dr. Calenda has an idea of what the Orbetello Lagoon is. In the lagoon there is algae and not plastic and the algae is blocked by a tool called a cleaner that is always running. Plastics are brought in from the sea independently and in the Municipality of Orbetello they are removed every day by the workers. I wonder if a national leader can write this nonsense without first digging, perhaps calling those directly concerned who could have explained it to him, avoiding a bad impression.”
Comment to which Calenda then responded as follows: «Andrea Casamenti is an unprecedented amount. I would rather worry about it than give spicy answers. Go check, talk to the factory in Carmen Bay».