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Mayoral candidate: current city council does nothing to improve Riga's air quality

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Inga Antane

Inga Antane

“The municipality has many opportunities to improve the situation with the smell coming from the port and the monitoring of the general air quality in the city,” – Reform Party‘s (RP) Riga Mayor candidate Inga Antane said in her meeting with residents of Mezaparks.

According to her, in order to improve the general air quality in Riga, the city council needs to create a special air quality program and begin monitoring.

It should be added that the low quality of air in Riga threatens Latvia with a massive penalty from the European Commission. Antane believes the current Riga City Council does nothing to prevent this.

“Similarly to the situation with heating, Riga City Council is only able to note the problems, how everything is complicated and impossible to solve”, – Antane says.

“Even recently there has been no coordination between Riga City Council and the State Environment Service (SES). I have personally made efforts to make sure coordination between institutions is initiated. I have also achieved to make changes in the work of the SES. This includes stopping port activities for the first time in its history because of air pollution”, – notes the candidate.

“I meet with residents of the port outlying territories regularly. I know their problems very well. I also know what the municipality should do to resolve these problems. While working at the Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry (EPRDM), I proposed increasing the capacity of SES. In order to react more effectively to different complaints and timely register violations, it is necessary to create a special port inspection group. Funding has already been requested, and we hope for support from the Finance Ministry”, – she says.

“Things are made more complicated for SES also by the fact that port companies do not submit reports about their activities. The most important thing, however, in resolving the problems with the smell within the port’s vicinity – is the interest and active involvement of municipality”, – Antane concludes.

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  1. A says:

    Start small and simply impose hefty fines for all those people with running car engines, throwing rubbish away, etc. It is a green country, yes, but people do little to preserve it. Hefty fines from the EU will hopefully assist as well.

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