Proposals on air quality: maximum odour concentration in air to be reduced

In order to improve air quality and reduce discomfort for those residing near industry, manufacturing and other objects, which could release sharp odours, it has been proposed to adjust the maximum permitted odour concentration in the air. Related institutions have been handed the legislative projects intended to do so, pending proposals and opinions, a Ministry of Healthcare press release states according to lrt.lt.

This aims to improve existing hygiene norms and rules, which regulate allowable odour concentration limits, differentiating odour concentration limits in residential environments and to improve odour control procedures.

"We propose to reduce the maximum permitted odour concentration limit from 8 European odour units to 3 European odour units for residential areas in cities and to 5 European odour units in rural residential areas. Furthermore, it is the opinion of the workgroup that the odour control commission's formation period should be shortened. These measures should significantly improve the quality of air breathed by Lithuanian citizens," Vice Minister A. Šešelgis says.

The workgroup also proposes to abolish the third stage of odour control, during which chemical materials released into the air by agricultural activities would be measured, making commission rulings faster and allowing to more effectively charge owners of pollutant sources to take steps to remove the odour.

A transition period of ten years is suggested for establishing the reduced norms for economic activity.

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