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Parliamentary questions
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3 September 2015
Question for written answer E-012486-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Rosa D'Amato (EFDD) , Marco Affronte (EFDD)

 Subject:  EDF-Fenice waste-to-energy plant in San Nicola di Melfi (Potenza)
 Answer in writing 

The first reports of pollution in the area concerned date back to 2009, when the operating company itself notified the local authorities that the groundwater had been contaminated not far from the plant. Although a hydraulic barrier was later built — using 28 wells to drain groundwater away — the pollution has continued unremittingly. Within the last few weeks the Basilicata regional environmental protection agency (Arpa) has published the groundwater monitoring data for the area surrounding the EDF-Fenice waste-to-energy plant. There have been 247 cases in which the levels of tetrachloroethylene, propylene dichloride, iron, nickel, mercury, manganese, fluorides, nitrites, or hydrogen sulphide have exceeded the limit values. Furthermore, the remediation plan submitted by EDF-Fenice was rejected by the interdepartmental coordinating body in 2012, but no new plan to rehabilitate the area has been drawn up in the mean time.

Can the Commission say whether, in the light of Directives 2008/1/EC, 2000/60/EC, 2000/76/EC, and 2006/118/EC, the Italian authorities concerned are taking every measure considered appropriate?

What will it do to protect the environment and the health of nearby residents?

Original language of question: IT 
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