EU court condemns Italy for breaching bloc pollution rules

The court found that Italy had done little or nothing to limit air pollution since 2010 as thresholds for nitrogen dioxide, which is emitted by diesel cars and power plants – “systematically and continuously exceeded in specific areas.” [EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND]

The Court of Justice in Luxembourg condemned Italy on Thursday for failing to comply with the EU’s air quality directive as some of its cities exceeded the allowed nitrogen dioxide levels.

The court found that Italy had done little or nothing to limit air pollution since 2010 as thresholds for nitrogen dioxide, which is emitted by diesel cars and power plants – “systematically and continuously exceeded in specific areas.”

The court also held that Italy failed to adopt measures to ensure compliance with the NO2 limit values in the same areas. The breach occurred in Turin, Brescia, Milan, Bergamo, Genoa, Rome and Florence.

The court’s decision may lead to the Commission now sanctioning Italy.

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