There are already 11 Italian cities that at the beginning of September have exceeded, with at least one control unit, the limit set for fine dust, that is the threshold of 35 days in the calendar year with an average of daily PM10 exceeding 50 micrograms per cubic meter. This is what emerges from the Legambiente dossier “Mal’aria 2021 special edition – The costs of immobility”.
Black jersey in Verona and Venice with 41 days of overruns, followed by Vicenza with 40, Avellino and Brescia with 39, Cremona and Treviso with 38, Alessandria, Frosinone and Naples with 37, Modena with 36.
The number of cities is likely to increase considerably as Padua and Rovigo touch the limit, recording 35 days of overruns as of 6 September 2021, while the city of Turin registers 34. Asti is also close to the critical threshold (with 33 days of overruns), Lodi and Reggio Emilia (32), Bergamo and Caserta (31) and Parma (30). Cities that, according to Legambiente, will inevitably exceed their limits during the next autumn and winter.
Legambiente, Po Valley regions not complying with anti-smog measures. Among the regions of the Po Valley, Lombardy is the one that has done the least to implement the anti-smog measures agreed with the government: only 15% of the actions have been completed. Followed by the Piedmont Region (only 25% of the promises kept), and the Veneto and Emilia Romagna, with not even 40% of the tasks carried out. But the state is also in default: it has completed only 15% of the measures, like Lombardy. Legambiente writes this in the dossier “Mal’aria 2021 special edition – The costs of immobility”. In the study, the association reports the delays in the application of the air remediation plans in the Po Valley, agreed in 2013 and 2017 between the government and the Po regions.
“The seasonal block of the most polluting cars, euro4 diesel, was scheduled for 1 / o October 2020, but has been postponed with the excuse of Covid19 -, declares Andrea Poggio, responsible for sustainable mobility Legambiente -. At the moment Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto they seem willing to block them. Moreover, we are the only country in the Alps that does not limit speed on roads and motorways due to pollution, but the State and Regions are prompt in distributing incentives for polluting wood stoves or for cars to fossil fuels “.
Legambiente reminds that Italy has three infringement procedures with the European Commission due to the high concentrations of atmospheric pollutants. Our country has already been sentenced on 10 November for the continuous exceeding of the PM10 limits from 2008 to 2017. The European Commission will ask the European Court of Justice to define the amount of the fine, estimated from 1.5 to 2, shortly. , 3 billion euros. To this, the fines could be added for the other two infringement procedures in progress, for the pollutants PM2.5 and NO2: the sentences are expected in the coming months.