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Political party calls for immediate action to resolve «over-salted Riga» problem

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMember of For Latvia’s Development political party’s Riga City Council faction Ansis Ansbergs urges the administration to find a quick solution to the excessive use of salt during the winter season because it has a negative impact on both human and animal health, as well as the state of buildings, cars and plant life in the capital.

«Salt mixture is the main anti-freeze substance used in Riga. It negatively affects the environment, human and animal health, as well as footwear, cars and different structures. To find a solution to this problem, Ansbergs has prepared and submitted a proposal to Riga City Council’s Housing and Environment Committee,» as noted by the party.

The proposal includes ordering a comprehensive study in regards to different methods to help reduce the volume of salt used as anti-freeze in the city.

The proposal also asks the Housing and Environment Department to develop new regulations for territory management and building maintenance based on results of that study that would include a larger range of choice when it comes to anti-freeze compounds and their use in certain territories (parks, runways, pedestrian walkways, etc.) depending on their use.

«The mountains of salt left out on Riga’s streets – it is environmental pollution, which Riga City Council is not only reluctant to remove, but also actively praises. The volume of salt dumped onto Riga’s streets during the winter season is unfathomable. Salt not only ruins footwear and hurts our pets, but also causes considerable damage to cars, buildings and bridges. If we want to live in a modern capital, we have to find modern solutions to this problem, not bury Riga under layers of salt every year. This is what I expect officials to address,» says Ansbergs.


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  1. L says:

    The rest of the EU & Scandinavia has figured that out a few decades ago and live pretty well with the ban. However, Riga (and literally all other cities in Latvia) are very different to the rest of the world and face different winters, different snow, different temperatures, etc. which helps to justify the stupidity.

  2. Zerry says:

    Finally someone takes this issue on table. And it is not only anti-freezing. If there is 15cm new snow it could be pushed away but instead it will be melted with salt. Non-sense!

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