Possible introduction of a state of vulnerability

Due to air pollution, Montenegrin Parliament will recommend to the municipality of Pljevlja to consider the possibility of enforcing the Law on Environment Protection and introducing a state of vulnerability, and for the line ministries to urgently prepare recommendations for improving the quality of drinking water.

It is stated in the conclusions of the meeting of the Board on Tourism, Agriculture, Environment and Spatial Planning on the ecological situation in Pljevlja, which shall be adopted by the Montenegrin parliament by the end of the week.

The government needs to adopt a plan of protection with rehabilitation measures for the ecological situation in Pljevlja, report to Parliament concerning the implementation of measures to reduce the negative environmental impact and analyze monitoring of all segments.

“The Assembly calls on the Administration for Inspection Affairs to carry out inspections of all registered pollutants in the municipality in order to protect the health of citizens and the environment”, it is said in conclusions.

At the Committee meeting on December 18, representatives of state institutions have stated that according to the data on median daily allowable concentrations of pollutants, the current situation in Pljevlja is not worse than previous year.

“The biggest impact on air quality during the winter months comes from individual heating and weather conditions, with the cumulative effect of constant emissions from industry and traffic. Current situation much depends on occuring temperature inversions, with high atmospheric pressure and a stable atmosphere, leading to the concentration of pollutants in the terrestrial atmosphere”, it was said at the session of the Committee.

It was concluded that thermal power plant Pljevlja is not the main cause of air pollution, which is confirmed by the results of measurements performed during the period when, due to preparations for the winter season, the plant was not working.

In addition to measures to reduce pollution caused by traffic, a key measure that would contribute to the improvement of air quality, as stated, is the heating of the municipality, as foreseen in the National Air Quality Management Strategy for the period 2013-2016. years.

In the discussion at the Committee meeting it was announced that coal mine and power plant are also the contaminants, not just individual heating units, as well as that the local self-government can not fix the effects of the dramatic state of the environment in Pljevlja by itself.

“It is proposed that the Committee sends to the Assembly conclusions which requires from the Government to implement concrete measures and activities, and to amend the current and capital part of the Budget Proposal for 2015 and allocate funding to solve the water supply of the city and start building the heating system”, says the Report of the Committee.

It was stated that at the Committee meeting “the opinions were expressed that there was a lack of timely and proper response of the competent authorities and that the Government must change the attitude towards Pljevlja, because citizens have not benefited from numerous strategic documents whose implementation requires substantial financial resources”.

Izvor: RTV Montenegro