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Parliamentary questions
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5 July 2018
E-003706-18
Question for written answer E-003706-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL) , Bart Staes (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Confirmation by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment of environmental risks associated with artificial grass pitches
 Answer in writing 

In reply to Written Question E-006406/2017, the Commission replied on 8 December 2017: ‘The Commission services are currently assessing the information reported by Member States, including the Netherlands, in their second River Basin Management Plans (RBMP), and will follow up as necessary on the basis of their assessment.’

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) concluded on 3 July 2018:

‘The use of rubber granulate in artificial grass pitches may damage the environment in the immediate vicinity of the pitches. Substances can leak from the rubber granules into the soil around the pitches and into the beds of ditches. That is bad for the ecosystem, as it affects biodiversity ’(1)’.

1. What measures will the Commission take in response to this information, since the environmental risks associated with artificial turf containing rubber granulate have been confirmed by the RIVM?

2. Does the Commission agree that creating sports fields with real grass is much more effective than taking all manner of mitigating measures to counter the harmful effects of artificial turf containing rubber granulate?

3. What measures will the Commission take to prevent the laying of new artificial turf pitches containing rubber granulate, and to replace the existing fields with genuine grass?

(1)https://www.rivm.nl/Documenten_en_publicaties/Algemeen_Actueel/Nieuwsberichten/2018/Rubbergranulaat_op_kunstgrasvelden_milieubelastend

Original language of question: NL 
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