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Parliamentary questions
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16 October 2018
Question for written answer E-005282-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Massimo Paolucci (S&D)

 Subject:  Rise in the maximum concentration of C10 and C40 heavy hydrocarbons in sewage sludge for agricultural use
 Answer in writing 

Article 41 of the ‘Geneva Decree’ of 28 September 2018 provides for an increase in the maximum concentration of C10 and C40 hydrocarbons permitted in sewage sludge for agricultural use to up to 1 000 mg/kg.

This regulation allows the spreading over agricultural land of sludge with a concentration of heavy hydrocarbons 20 times greater than the limits set out by the rulings of the Regional Administrative Court of the region of Lombardy and the Court of Cassation.

This increase appears to contradict the environmental regulation regarding the decontamination of polluted sites (Legislative Decree No 152/2006) which provides for the reclamation of land with concentrations of heavy hydrocarbons above 50 mg/kg and which supplied the grounds for the above rulings.

Can the Commission state:
1. Its views on the described contradiction, taking into account the relevant EU environmental legislation.
2. Whether it deems it necessary to revise Directive 86/278/EEC, or is already working on such a revision, in order to establish common limits for the concentration of heavy hydrocarbons in sewage sludge for agricultural use to create a standard approach throughout Europe, combat the regulatory fragmentation highlighted above and ensure a better protection of our soils?
Original language of question: IT 
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