Last week, the European Union warned Italy that it needs to improve its waste management, water infrastructure and air pollution problems or face a fine of up to $1.1 billion.
In January, nine Italian towns were over the allowed smog and air pollution limit on at least half of the days. In addition to that issue, the country’s landfills are overflowing.
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In a report on environmental policies across the EU, the commission criticized Italy's "persistent problems" in waste water treatment, particularly in the south of the country.
Italy was also lambasted for high levels of air pollution and smog in the north, having been warned last week it could face a fine of up to €1 billion for exceeding safe limits of fine particles. In the first month of the year, nine Italian towns were over the limit on at least half of the days.
Cremona in Lombardy was the worst offender, while big cities including Rome, Turin and Naples introduced partial traffic blocks in an effort to mitigate the smog.