A corner of Tuscany famous for its cowboys and long-horned cattle is fighting a mining company’s plans to dig for a rare but toxic type of metal.
“This metal has been compared to arsenic in terms of its toxicity,” Maurizio Rossi, a lawyer who lives in Manciano, a picturesque hill top town which lies close to the proposed mine, told La Repubblica newspaper.
Amelia Gatacre, 50, a British designer who owns a house in the area, told The Daily Telegraph: “The mine will destroy an extraordinary, untouched part of Tuscany in which there is a lot of organic farming. It could pollute water supplies forever.”
Contaminate water supplies? Oh my.
Better dig it all up then, out of the way of all that rain seeping down through the earth, and stick it into flame retardants where it won’t eh?