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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2019
Question for written answer E-002011-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  PFAS pollution in the River Po in Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Piedmont. Request for extraordinary funding from the Commission
 Answer in writing 

On 16 April 2019, ARPAV (the Regional Agency for the Prevention and Protection of the Environment in Veneto) announced the results of some biomonitoring tests it had conducted along the River Po: it had detected the presence of the perfluorinated substance known as C6O4, a new type of PFAS, in certain municipalities in the Veneto region, bordering on the Emilia-Romagna region, and in one municipality on the border with Lombardy, with peaks of just below 100 nanograms/litre. Given the location of the sampling points, this pollution does not seem to have come from the site of the Veneto company which had previously contaminated the groundwater of 31 municipalities in the provinces of Vicenza, Padua and Verona, but would appear to come from polluted areas upstream of the River Po. The Veneto Region immediately took action to warn Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Piedmont. The presence of PFAS in the River Po points to the urgent need to address this environmental emergency, which could involve millions of Italian citizens and the businesses of a large number of farms; EU support is thus needed, to ensure that the health, environmental and economic costs are not borne by citizens and farms.

In view of the above, can the Commission say:
1. Whether it will allocate any extraordinary funding, also with a view to ensuring a decent water supply for citizens and crop and livestock farms, and cleaning up the polluted areas;
2. What other support measures it will adopt to help the areas affected by PFAS pollution?
Original language of question: IT 
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