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Parliamentary questions
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20 February 2018
Question for written answer E-001039-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Rosa D'Amato (EFDD)

 Subject:  Combustion ashes
 Answer in writing 

In October 2017, Lecce Public Prosecutor’s Office (Apulia, Italy) opened an investigation into the Enel di Brindisi thermoelectric power plant to establish whether it had sold coal combustion ash mixed with ashes from heavy fuel oil and gas oil to the Cementir di Taranto, Colacem di Galatina and Italcementi di Matera cement works.

Those co-combustion or co-incineration ashes contain nickel, vanadium and ammonia and seem to have been illegally classified under European Waste Catalogue (EWC) code 100102 rather than 100116 * or 100117.

Similarly, at the Enel di Fusina thermoelectric power plant (Venice), coal is burned with solid recovered fuel (SRF) and the ashes are classified under EWC code 100117 rather than 190114, as reflected in Enel’s environmental statement(1).

Using those ashes can affect the quality of the cement, causing it to lose mechanical strength and degrade.

1. Can the Commission shed light on how EWC codes are assigned to co-combustion ashes, for both conventional fuels and the co-combustion of coal and SRF?

2. How does it intend to prevent the placing on the market of ashes which reduce cement quality and contain substances which are dangerous for the environment and health, such as mercury(2)?

(1)Pages 23 and 27 https://corporate.enel.it/content/dam/enel-it/progetti/documenti/impianti-emas%20move/Fusina/dichiarazione-ambientale-2017-aggiornamento.pdf
(2)https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2017/09/29/sequestro-enel-cementir-pericoli-delle-ceneri-mai-smaltite-il-pm-con-quei-veleni-il-cemento-perde-resistenza/3883734/ e https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2017/09/28/rifiuti-sequestrate-la-centrale-enel-di-cerano-la-cementir-di-taranto-e-parte-dellilva-sostanze-pericolose-nel-cemento/3882744/

Original language of question: IT 
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