Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Lombardy aims to slash air pollution with new plan


Milan, September 6 - The Lombardy regional
government passed a comprehensive plan to battle air pollution
from now through 2020, Governor Roberto Maroni announced at a
press conference in Milan on Friday.
Lombardy is one of Europe's most severely polluted regions,
and frequently violates European air quality standards.
Lombardy's smog woes are due to dirty combustion from cars,
trucks, heating, industry and other sources, which settle and
concentrate - especially in the winter months - in the
geographic basin in which the region sits.
The new "Pria" plan aims to reduce fined dust particles
(PM10) by 41%, nitrogen oxide (NO2) by 49%, volatile organic
compounds (VOCs) by 20%, and ammonia (NH3) by 16% - all by 2020.
Governor Maroni, who is also chief of the Northern League
party, said the "timely, courageous, organic measures" would
achieve its ambitious goals through a two billion euro
investment over eight years and the implementation of a series
of new restrictions by 2016.
The new restrictions include expanding a ban on dirty euro
0 gas engine vehicles and euro 3 diesel engines from 209
municipalities to 570.
At the same time the "Pria" smog plan, as it is called,
foresees waiving annual vehicle registration fees for drivers
who switch from polluting class vehicles to "clean" ones,
perhaps as early as 2014, funds permitting.
Tackling the burning of wood will also be a major target of
"For the first time we are adopting a strategic, structural
plan," declared Environment Councillor Claudia Terzi.
Maroni added that Italian Environment Minister Andrea
Orlando was working to coordinate air pollution policies among
northern Italian regions which lie on the Po plain.
Terzi said an agreement was expected by the end of the
Maroni also reiterated a plea initiated years ago by his
centre-right predecessor ex-governor Roberto Maroni that the
European Union "recognize the specific nature of the Padan
basin" so that Lombardy receives special status for concessions
on European air quality standards.
Maroni announced Lombardy representatives are headed to
Brussels with the environmental minister to plead the cause
within two weeks.

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