Italy gets heavy waste fine
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The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has ordered Italy to pay €40 million for failing to comply with a 2007 judgment by the ECJ to fulfil its obligations under the waste, hazardous waste and landfill directives.
The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has ordered Italy to pay €40 million for failing to comply with a 2007 judgment by the ECJ to fulfil its obligations under the waste, hazardous waste and landfill directives. In addition to the lump sum, the ECJ requires Italy to pay €42.8 million for each six-month period of delay in taking the necessary measures to comply with the 2007 decision.
An investigation in 2013 by the European commission found that Italy had not yet adopted all the measures necessary to comply with the 2007 judgment. As a result, 218 sites in 18 of the 20 Italian regions did not conform to the Waste Directive (75/442/EEC) and, most likely, were operating without a permit.
In addition, 16 of those sites contained hazardous waste in breach of the Hazardous Waste Directive (91/689/EEC). Also, Italy had not proved that five landfill sites had been "conditioned" or closed down in accordance with the Landfill of Waste Directive (1999/31/EC).
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