EU court raps Italy for breaching air-quality norms

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(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 12 – The European Court of Justice on Thursday rapped Italy for breaching air-quality norms.
    The Court approved an infraction procedure by the European Commission for the “systematic and continuous” breach of the annual limit on nitrogen dioxide in the air.
    It found Italy had not adopted measures to contain NO2 levels since June 2011.
    Rome breached its statutory obligations, the Court found.
    Among the areas cited were Turin, Brescia, Milan, Bergamo, Genoa, Rome and Florence.
    NO 2 is an intermediate in the industrial synthesis of nitric acid, millions of tons of which are produced each year for use primarily in the production of fertilizers.
    At higher temperatures it is a reddish-brown gas.
    It can be fatal if inhaled in large quantity. (ANSA).

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