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Another five Lithuanian objects are proposed to be removed from the list of the Baltic Sea’s worst sources of pollution

2011-04-14

The Ministry of Environment will propose for the Helsinki Commission to remove another five Lithuanian objects from the list of the Baltic Sea’s worst sources of pollution, i.e. the so-called “hot spots”. The hot spots proposed to be taken off the list are urban waste water treatment plants of Kaunas, Kėdainiai and Palanga, and public limited liability companies of Lifosa and Orlen Lietuva. According to Dalius Krinickas, Director of the Water Department of the Ministry of Environment, these objects are modernised and conform to the environmental requirements of the EU and the Helsinki Commission. On May 18-20, the Helsinki Commission will decide whether to remove these objects from the list of “hot spots”.

The list of the Baltic Sea’s worst sources of pollution was compiled in 1992 by the Helsinki Commission and initially included 132 factories, waste water treatment plants and areas with diffuse source pollution (e.g. pollution from agricultural enterprises). At that time 16 Lithuanian objects were classified as “hot spots”. Beside the already mentioned objects proposed for the removal from the list, the list included urban waste water treatment plants of Vilnius (Grigiškės), Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, Alytus and Marijampolė, public limited liability companies of Achema, Klaipėdos kartonas and Sema, also the agricultural sector and the Curonian Lagoon.

Presently, seven Lithuanian objects remain on the list of “hot spots”. Urban waste water treatment plants of Vilnius (Grigiškės), Alytus and Marijampolė were removed from the list in 2005, urban waste water treatment plants of Šiauliai and Klaipėda as well as public limited liability companies of Achema, Klaipėdos kartonas and Sema (the latter was dissolved) – in 2006, and urban waste water treatment plants of Panevėžys – in 2009. If the Helsinki Commission removes the proposed five “hot spots”, only two Lithuanian objects will remain on the list, viz. the agricultural sector and the Curonian Lagoon.

Ministry of Environment information, tel. 266 3660

14 April 2011

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas