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Greek fireplace polluters could face fines of €2,500

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:54 pm

Greek fireplace polluters could face fines of €2,500

By Katerina Nikolas
Nov 10, 2013 - 12 hours ago in Environment

As the Greek government prepares legislation which will allow the banning of fireplaces and wood burners for heat, it has been revealed that fines for fireplace polluters could be as high as €2,500.

The news that the Greek government is preparing draft legislation to ban the use of wood burning as a heat source shocked Greeks preparing for cold winter temperatures.

The measure could be introduced in an effort to combat air pollution which soared last winter. Digital Journal reported smog levels in city areas measured three times higher than normal as a direct result of people heating their home with fireplaces.

Enet reported the Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis has signed a draft which will allow for a ban when air pollutants "exceed 150 micrograms per cubic metre (mg/m3)." According to Defence Net the resultant fines for those that defy the ban will be levied by the Environmental Inspectorate and could be in the region of €2,500.

The potential introduction of the fireplace ban has prompted cries across the Greek media about patrols of fireplace police.

Last winter the government equalised the price of central heating with diesel, pushing prices up 48 percent and leaving oil beyond the price range of most households. The unpopular measure also cost the government €500 million in lost revenue according to Macro Polis. Government requests to the Troika of international lenders to reduce the central heating oil tax have been refused.

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http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/361859
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Re: Greek fireplace polluters could face fines of €2,500

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:05 pm

Pollution alarm as Greeks switch to firewood for heat.
Agence France-Presse December 23, 2013 12:31pm

Greek authorities on Monday offered free electricity to low-income families on certain days, after smog rose sharply as hard-hit residents increasingly shun fuel for cheaper firewood to heat their homes.

The health ministry said it had finalised a plan originally announced in November that offers free power to poorer households when smog exceeds safety levels.

The move came after another weekend of extensive wood-burning that choked skies in Athens and other main cities.

In the capital's northern suburbs, particulate matter was double the normal level for the area and approached what authorities have set as the "alarm" threshold of 150 milligrammes per cubic metre.

Authorities said a pollution warning issued when cold temperatures were forecast for this past weekend seemed to have helped control the pollution.

Greeks have turned to burning wood as energy prices have soared over the last two years thanks to tax hikes required by Greece's EU-IMF loan bailout.

A new property tax was added to electricity bills in 2011 and the price of heating fuel also increased in 2012.

Under the new plan, customers who have registered with the state power company's low-income rates are entitled to two days of free electricity for every day that smog hits the "alarm" level.

The smog contains sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other carcinogens, all judged dangerous for public health.

The economic crisis stalking Greece since 2010 initially caused pollution to dip because of a drop in automobile traffic.

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• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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