Lovers of Tuscany’s ‘paradise’ beach have factory to thank | AFP

It is the Caribbean of Italy, with white sand and turquoise seas… But the “white beaches” of Rosignano Solvay in Tuscany owe their nickname to a factory, Solvay, specialised in sodium bicarbonate, which legally discharges limestone into its waste water, which is then dumped into the sea. There is a ban on swimming 100 metres around this uninviting stream, but apart from this ban, the authorities are clear: the quality of the water is “excellent”. To the great displeasure of environmental activists who denounce massive pollution.

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