Tough new rules will help tackle Krakow's air pollution crisis
Krakow has implemented a strict ban on using solid fuels. Burning these fuels (especially coal, but also wood and waste) for heating in households generates significant pollution, comparable to the Great Smog in London back in the 1950s. Krakow is the third most polluted city in the EU and this ban is a groundbreaking step to protect the health of people living in the city.
The ban was adopted by the Regional Assembly of the Province of Małopolska. This is the second time in three years that such a law has been enacted. The first law was overturned in the courts in 2015.
The current law goes much further than the first. This is because it is strongly anchored in legislation and includes a comprehensive ban on the use of solid fuels with very few permitted exceptions. The ban will start from 2019, to give residents time to adapt. It also provides various means of funding to support the transition.
(source of the text: http://www.clientearth.org/news/latest-news/krakow-implements-new-rules-to-tackle-smog-3128)