Polish Supreme Audit Office Report from 2000
We came across a record of the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Forestry from the year 2000 (sic!). The Committee discussed Polish Supreme Audit Office (NIK) report on air quality measures. Already in 2000 Audit Office found that the problem is the lack of standards for solid fuels distributted among individual customers. Despite these conclusions after 14 years we are still staying in the same place:
"Thirdly, the Supreme Audit Office indicated that there are no solid fuel standards that are important for reducing low-stack emission. Economy Minister did not specify limits on, among others, sulfur and ash in coal introduced into commercial circulation for individuals. Thus he did not contribute to the reduction of low-stack emission, that is, to improve air quality during the heating season. While within 4-5 years, in terms of power plants Poland made a lot of progress, in terms of low-stack emission, despite the activities of local governments, little has been done. Polish mines can sell coal of any quality to individual customers, which is not allowed in any European Union country. In the EU parameters of coal intended for sale for the individuals are clearly defined. Inferior coal is burned in the power industry using appropriate filters at the end of the pipe. Polish individual customers however, particularly former miners, receive the worst grades of coal as an equivalent or within the framework of the “miner's card”. Therefore, it is crucial to determine the quality of solid fuels, because even the poor quality flotation concentrate, containing a lot of sulfur and ash, can be sold to individual customers by mines. That causes huge low-stack emission, which so far has not been reduced. Thus the Supreme Audit Office note is very important. "