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Parliamentary questions
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23 October 2017
Question for written answer E-006603-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nicola Caputo (S&D)

 Subject:  Cloud containing ruthenium-106
 Answer in writing 

Since 29 September, in some regions of northern Italy, France, Austria and Germany, radioactivity has been observed due to the presence of ruthenium-106, a chemical element that is not usually present in the air in significant quantities.

The quantities concerned are limited and do not give cause for immediate public health concern, but nevertheless constitute a significant anomaly in the chemical composition of the air and a potential health hazard for citizens in the areas concerned.

Can the Commission say, within the limits of its competence, whether it is able to provide details concerning the origin and causes of the presence of abnormal concentrations of ruthenium-106 in some areas of Europe in the days after 29 September 2017?

Can it also indicate whether it intends to carry out regular monitoring of the air in the areas affected by the anomaly, in order to establish whether this was a transient phenomenon, and to collect relevant information with the aim of identifying the causes?

Original language of question: IT 
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