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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004514/2018

1 and 2. According to Directive 2006/21/EC(1), Member States have to ensure that an inventory of closed waste facilities, including abandoned waste facilities, located on their territory which cause serious negative environmental impacts or have the potential of becoming in the medium or short term a serious threat to human health is drawn up. These inventories should provide a basis for an appropriate programme of measures. The development and implementation of such a programme is within the responsibility of each Member State. At this point in time, there is no evidence available to the Commission that rehabilitation programmes of historical waste sites cannot be successfully completed by the Member States.

3. In accordance with Directive 2006/21/EC, the operator of an extractive waste facility bears the costs of the measures to be taken after the closure of the facility. The competent authority has to request a financial guarantee or equivalent to, inter alia, ensure that funds are readily available at any time for the rehabilitation of the land affected by the waste facility.

(1)Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from extractive industries and amending Directive 2004/35/EC, OJ L 102, 11.4.2006, p. 15‐34.

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