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Parliamentary questions
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1 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001599-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Tiziana Beghin (EFDD)

 Subject:  Conversion of the Sesto San Giovanni incinerator
 Answer in writing 

The Sesto San Giovanni incinerator(1) is currently used to dispose of, and recover energy from, solid urban waste and material treated as such, together with non-hazardous special waste residues.

This plant, which operates under a regional integrated environmental permit (AIA) issued in 2007 and reviewed in 2016, is included in the Lombardy regional waste management plan.

In the planned conversion project(2) , which is expected to be approved by the bodies concerned before the end of 2019 and which will cost EUR 47 million, the existing furnace is to be converted to enable purification sludge to be burned and wet waste processed for biogas production.

According to Parliament’s research service, the best available techniques (BAT) for incinerators date back to 2006 and are apparently now being revised.

1. Given the current state of technological development, which sludge removal technique, in the Commission’s opinion, is the safest from the point of view of the environment and human health?

2. Bearing in mind the transition to a circular economy being promoted by the EU, should not sludge combustion, if considered acceptable, be ranked below the priority objective of agricultural use?

3. In view of the conversion of the existing furnace, will it be necessary to issue a new AIA?

(1)CAP Holding has acquired a controlling interest in CORE Spa (a company formed by the municipalities of Sesto San Giovanni, Cologno Monzese, Pioltello, Segrate, and Cormano), and the Sesto San Giovanni incinerator will consequently be ‘converted’.
(2)In this project the existing incinerator and the adjoining purifying plant are to be converted into a circular economy ‘bioplatform’, enabling air pollutant emissions to be reduced by 76% and climate-changing emissions to be eliminated. However, having attended the meetings held to date by the project backers, some individuals and organisations are protesting at the failure to provide information about the alternative projects taken into consideration, including the possible decommissioning of the incinerator. They feel that the project in question is being presented as if it were the only possible option.

Original language of question: IT 
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