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Parliamentary questions
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13 February 2017
E-000988-17
Question for written answer E-000988-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
José Bové (Verts/ALE) , Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Marketing Bauxaline®, a waste product from the production of alumina
 Answer in writing 

On 1 January 2016, the French authorities revoked the authorisation granted to the Alteo factory in Gardanne to release into the sea the solid waste (red mud) generated during the production of alumina.

The company is now storing between 300 000 and 400 000 tonnes of waste on land each year. It is planning to repurpose 80 000 tonnes of Bauxaline® per year as a decontamination product and landscaping material.

Alteo will therefore be marketing and distributing a diluted form of a substance with a high heavy-metal content.

Red mud is, however, classed as a hazardous waste product under Directive 2008/98/EC.

— Why has marketing authorisation been granted for this waste product?— Is France’s decision to approve the marketing of Bauxaline® consistent with EC law?

Original language of question: FR 
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