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As Italian officials try to dig out of yet another trash crisis, Navy Region Europe and Naval Support Activity Naples have posted garbage and health information updates on the Internet and run informational spots on American Forces Network.

Late Saturday, the military’s broadcasting network began airing a joint message from Rear Adm. Michael Groothousen, commander of Navy Region Europe, and Capt. Floyd Hehe.

They reminded viewers of precautions they can take as trash goes uncollected in the Naples and Campania areas.

Officials advise washing children’s toys frequently, washing and rinsing fruit and vegetables before eating them and avoiding burning trash.

The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center in Portsmouth, Va., has been asked to work with local and national public health officials to evaluate the potential health risks from exposure to substances in the environment.

The experts have started collecting information and will arrive in Naples soon to work with Italian and U.S. Navy officials, according to Navy Region Europe’s Web site.

On Monday, Italy’s new trash czar outlined plans for relieving Naples’ garbage crisis, which continued with protests by residents outraged that tons of waste remain on streets despite government pledges to clean it up.

Gianni De Gennaro explained his proposal to regional officials as the political fallout from the month-old crisis mounted.

Italy’s environment minister, Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, is scheduled to face a no-confidence vote in the Senate on Wednesday for his handling of the matter.

News reports said De Gennaro’s plan envisages reopening closed dumps, and creating new dumps and temporary storage areas in an effort to get the crisis under control.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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