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Parliamentary questions
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5 November 2014
Question for written answer E-008744-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Tiziana Beghin (EFDD) , Daniela Aiuto (EFDD) , Marco Valli (EFDD) , Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE) , Marco Affronte (EFDD) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Marco Zanni (EFDD) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Karima Delli (Verts/ALE) , Ignazio Corrao (EFDD) , David Borrelli (EFDD) , Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Rosa D'Amato (EFDD) , Laura Agea (EFDD) , Marco Zullo (EFDD) , Laura Ferrara (EFDD) , Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD) , Giulia Moi (EFDD)

 Subject:  Lyon-Turin project — Impact on health of construction sites
 Answer in writing 

In the study of the environmental impact, carried out in preparation for the construction of the new Lyon-Turin line (cross-border section), drawn up by Lyon Turin Ferroviaire SAS (LTF), it says as follows:

1. as regards particulate matter (PM10): ‘Increases of this order suggest that there is bound to be an effect on public health, especially in the case of people at high risk for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, indicating increases of around 10% in the incidence of disease’ (Non-technical summary);
2. as regards nitrogen dioxide (NO2): ‘Under these conditions, an increase of around 10-15% in respiratory diseases is to be expected’ (Volume 2);
3. ‘[...] there could be effects on public health due to poorer air quality’ (Non-technical summary).

It is clear that the air pollution caused by many years of construction work will result in a worsening of air quality and have effects on public health.

In the light of the above, can the Commission answer the following:
Are such environmental and health impacts consistent with the obligations that Italy and the Piedmont Region are required to fulfil under infringement procedure IP/10/1586 for non-compliance with Directive 2008/50/EC, with the provisions of the Seventh Community Environment Action Programme and, finally, with Article 35 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union?
Original language of question: IT 
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