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More than 80 offenders to answer for harmful smoke from chimneys

2017-02-21

As shown by the results of the recent environmental campaign ‘Chimney’, 85 cases of air pollution were identified in Lithuania during the most intensive month of the heating season. The number of offences is twice as low as that determined during the campaign last year. The fines imposed on the offenders total EUR 3 608.

The purpose of the campaign ‘Chimney’ that is becoming a traditional one already is to minimise air pollution from heating installations and prevent the unlawful burning of waste. This year, the campaign began on 6 January and continued until 15 February. Officers of all regional environmental protection departments checked the operation of boiler houses and boilers of different fuel types and the types of fuel burnt in the areas under their supervision.

Although the burning of waste is strictly forbidden, unfortunately there are some cases when painted or otherwise processed wood, furniture production waste, old windows or laminated panels are used for fuel. As they burn, they release dangerous substances into ambient air.
The environmental officers selectively checked whether any waste was burnt in vehicle repair workshops, garage associations, furniture production and wood processing enterprises or districts of individual houses. They organised 300 raids and checked 1 368 sites.

Although the campaign ‘Chimney’ is over, the environmentalists will continue to check undertakings for the burning of waste. Residents who suspect any burning of waste in their neighbourhood can report such cases to their local environmental protection agency or by the emergency number 112.

Communication Division
21/02/2017

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