Supreme Audit Office Voices Strong Criticism of Polish Government Inaction in Air Quality Improvement
The Supreme Audit Office (NIK) has just released a report from the control of measures undertaken by regional and central authorities in the area of air quality improvement in Poland. The report contains strong criticism, stating that Polish public authorities act ineffectively in this field and fail to provide adequate protection for people and the environment. In the controlled period (2008-2014), the air quality standards adopted in the legislation of the European Union and implemented into Polish law were not fulfilled.
In the opinion of NIK, the pace and scale of the efforts to improve air quality were too limited to achieve any progress. Among other things NIK drew attention to the lack of actions on the part of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Economy to determine solid fuel quality standards and establish emission standards for new low-power solid fuel combustion sources in households.
Although in its control of 2000 NIK showed a serious misconduct concerning the lack of quality standards for solid fuels sold to households, to this date such standards have not been specified in Poland. Krakow Smog Alert, together with Health and Environmental Alliance Poland, appealed to the Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz for such regulations in November 2014.
NIK states that the Minister of Environment and the Minister of Economy should urgently establish:
1) emission standards for the new low-power solid fuel boilers installed in households;
2) minimum quality requirements for solid fuels.
Link to the report: here.
Selected media coverage:
Raport NIK: Polska ma najbardziej zanieczyszczone powietrze w UE (Gazeta Wyborcza)
NIK alarmuje: Polska ma najgorsze powietrze w Unii (Polskie Radio)
Polska nie dotrzymuje standardów jakości powietrza (Rzeczpospolita)
Miażdżący raport NIK ws. smogu (TVP 2)