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27 November 2018, 13:04

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LPR air pollution down 4.2 times from 2013

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LUGANSK, November 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Stationary sources air pollutant emissions in the Lugansk People’s Republic decreased by 4.2 times in the period from 2013 till 2017, acting LPR Natural Resources Minister Yuriy Degtyaryov said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday.

“Stationary pollution sources emissions decreased by 4.2 times across the Republic in 2017 from 2013,” Degtyaryov said. “Air quality significantly improved even in such industrialised cities as Alchevsk and Lugansk.”

A number of social infrastructure facilities in the Republic implemented coal to gas power conversion as part of air protection measures.

Earlier, chief specialist for the Natural Resources Ministry Ambient Conditions Department Natalia Dolmatova warned about increasing air pollution risks in Kiev-controlled areas.

The use of the Lugansk Thermal Power Plant in the Kiev-controlled Schastye and poor quality coal increases harmful emissions and causes acid precipitation, Dolmatova said.

Meanwhile, reports said that operating companies in Kiev-held parts of the Lugansk region posed a threat to residents’ life and health because of worn-out equipment they were using.

Director of the Peace Initiatives and Conflict Studies Institute Denis Denisov said that Ukrainian authorities were  not taking measures to prevent a possible ecological disaster in Donbass, but that they couldn’t wait to see the tragedy unfold, in order to wheedle funds out of the West under the pretext of eliminating the consequences and then embezzle them. Denisov also noted that Ukraine was trying to accuse the Republics of environmental negligence in order to distract the international community and the public from problems at home.

The LPR and DPR envoys to the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego and Denis Pushilin earlier stated that the Republics insisted on the inspection of environmentally hazardous coalmines located in Kiev-controlled Donbass.

Head of the LPR Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Safety Department for Recycling Evgeniy Serdyuk noted that the Ukrainian policy in handling waste was fraught with ecological catastrophe in the region.

Earlier, the LPR Emergencies Ministry said that the authorities in Kiev-held territories of Lugansk Region deliberately concealed the catastrophic ecological situation from their citizens.

The LPR Council set up the inspectorate for the prevention of adverse impact on the environment under the aegis of the Donbass people reunification programme. The inspectorate comprises personnel of Emergencies and  Natural Resources Ministry and public organisations activists.

LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva said the LPR and DPR were insisting on immediate ecological inspections at Kiev-held parts of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

On February 17, 2017 the DPR and LPR heads approved the program of humanitarian assistance to residents in the Kiev-controlled part of Donbass. The main goal of the programme is to support socially vulnerable groups in Kiev-held areas. It envisions financial and medical aid and educational services.

The LPR Telecom and Mass Communications Ministry launched the humanitarian programme website.

LuganskMediaCentre — 27 November — Lugansk