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Parliamentary questions
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13 February 2017
Question for written answer E-000989-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
José Bové (Verts/ALE) , Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Altéo factory in Gardanne — Authorisation to exceed emissions limits for pollutants
 Answer in writing 

A prefectural decree of 28 December 2015 authorised the firm Altéo in Gardanne to release liquid sewage containing toxic substances into the submarine canyon of Cassidaigne (department of Bouches-du-Rhône). The factory is authorised to exceed, for a period of six years, the emission limits set for four of those substances (aluminium, arsenic, iron and DB05) by a ministerial decree of February 1998. The prefectural decree thus effectively acts as an incentive to pollute more.

Are these exemptions consistent with EC law?

In March 2016, spot checks carried out by l'inspection des installations classées (hazardous plant inspectorate) showed that the thresholds for parameters such as the pH value and DB05, mercury and zinc levels laid down in the decree of December 2015 had been exceeded.

Can the Commission say how France has responded to Altéo’s failure to comply with the rules?

Original language of question: FR 
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