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Mayor Candidate: Riga's air quality is now a nation-wide problem

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“Riga’s current air quality has grown into a nationwide problem. Instead of resolving the core of the issue by renewing the air quality program and achieving actual results, the current Riga City Council only busies itself with a long correspondence with the Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry. The Council is looking for opportunities to continue doing nothing,” – says Inga Antane, Reform Party‘s candidate for the post of Mayor of Riga.

“It is because of this inability to act Latvia could face enormous penalties from the European Commission for violations of air quality requirements. And it is because of the long-term inactivity of Riga Free Port and Riga municipality that residents of Sarkandaugava, Mezaparks and other port-adjacent territories have to suffer from the smell,” – says the advisor to the Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister.

Antane says that air pollution and the awful smell surrounding the residential territories next to Riga Free Port has been a priority of hers for some time now. “Thanks to active help from the State Environment Service (SES), we have managed to halt the pollution created by SIA Man-Tess for several days and perform a number of other measures. Every time I meet with residents I hear one and the same thing – even though the smell has not disappeared completely, it appears rarer and is not as strong as it once was. Our work finally has results, but it does not mean we will stop here,” – the politician says.

She is glad that the Riga Free Port Authority is beginning to worry after years of long correspondence. The port’s administration has recently announced that it will be working closely with the SES.

“The Free Port plans to hand over the air quality control stations to the SEC. This clearly means it no longer wants to be responsible for air quality. Nevertheless, the one responsible for air quality in the city, including port territory, is the municipality, which, as one of the managers of the free port, is required to make sure residents do not suffer from the awful smell,” – Antane concludes.

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