Syracuse, Prioli and Melilli petrochemical complex: malfunctioning waste treatment plant causing one of the most serious environmental disasters in Europe
Question for written answer E-003052/2022
to the Commission
Ignazio Corrao (Verts/ALE)
The province of Syracuse is currently the scene of one of Europe’s most serious environmental disasters. The industrial waste treatment plant in Italy’s largest petrochemical complex has never functioned properly and is still failing to do so.
For decades, the world’s largest chemical and oil companies, such as Eni, Lukoil, Sasol, Sonatrach, have been discharging sludge and other pollutants, resulting in serious air and sea contamination close to urban agglomerations such as Syracuse, Priolo, and Melilli.
Public Prosecution experts have found that, in the last few years alone, the air has been contaminated by the illegal emission of 77 tonnes of hydrocarbons and pollutants annually, in addition to the 1 500 tonnes of pollutants mixed with domestic sludge being discharged into the sea.
The complex currently has no functioning systems for disposing of hydrocarbons or reducing emissions into the atmosphere and no integrated environmental authorisation has been issued for it.
Although plants have been impounded, the complex is still operating, with energy giants claiming that decommissioning will take years.
In view of this:
- 1.Can the Commission say whether it is aware of this situation?
- 2.Does it intend to verify compliance with Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions and 2004/35/EC on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage?
- 3.Will it take action in the light of the findings set out in the river basin management plan for Sicily?