Procedure : 2015/2801(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000097/2015

Texts tabled :

O-000097/2015 (B8-0758/2015)

Debates :

PV 07/10/2015 - 17
CRE 07/10/2015 - 17

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9 September 2015
Question for oral answer O-000097/2015
to the Commission
Rule 128
Giovanni La Via, György Hölvényi, Tibor Szanyi, Nikolay Barekov, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Merja Kyllönen, Benedek Jávor, Piernicola Pedicini, on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

 Subject: Lessons learned from the red mud disaster five years after the accident in Hungary
 Answer in plenary 

On 4 October 2010, the collapse of a waste reservoir in Hungary released almost one million cubic metres of highly alkaline red mud. It flooded several villages, killed ten people, injured almost 150, and polluted vast areas of land, including four NATURA 2000 sites. The accident highlighted the poor implementation of EU laws, deficiencies in inspections, and gaps in relevant EU legislation.

Similar sites exist in several Member States, both as a burdensome historical legacy and as a result of ongoing activities. Red mud is waste generated by the industrial production of aluminium, and presents one of the largest disposal problems in the extractive industry.

What lessons have been learned from the accident? What action is the Commission planning to take in order to prevent such accidents and to eliminate pollution from mining activities in the future? How does the Commission intend to ensure the full implementation of all relevant EU legislation in the Member States? Would the Commission consider proposing adequate financial mechanisms at EU level to enhance post-disaster damage limitation? Does the Commission plan to strengthen research and development in the field of prevention and treatment of hazardous waste?

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