Kyustendil: Pre-trial proceedings instituted over wildfire near Dupnitsa14 August 2019 | 16:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Chimev gave an impromptu press conference today at the scene. "As early as April 2, 2018, I warned the road agency in a letter that a company was dumping wastes on properties located right under the motorway overpass. You can see the letter clearly stating that the waste accumulation is a prerequisite for fire hazards that could affect part of the motorway, for which I urged that the necessary competent measures be taken. Here is another letter to the regional environment inspection in Pernik from June last year about this "ticking bomb". We have instituted legal action against the user of the properties, who is not their owner, we have won at first instance, appeals are now underway," said the mayor.
"The fire engines are here to monitor the situation. Some spots are still smouldering but for now there is no danger of fire restarting,” Chimev said.
He further said that the laboratory results have shown that the air does not pose risk to residents.
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28 August 2019 | 14:00 | FOCUS News Agencyпрочети затвори
Sofia. An inspection of over 3,800 facilities of the national road network found unregulated landfills under bridges of 120 facilities, Chairman of the Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) Georgi Terziyski said at a press briefing, said a Focus News Agency reporter. The reason for the inspection was the fire at the landfill near Dupnitsa, which compromised some of the columns on the Struma Motorway bridge. In most cases the inspectors identified household waste and car tyres, but in some of the cases the space was used for hay storage or as animal enclosure. RIA has started clearing the waste at their own expense. "As early as Monday, I ordered an estimation of the funds we would need to clear up," Terziyski noted. In his words, the violators will be fined, with fines from BGN 200 to 500 for individuals, and from BGN 1,000 to 3,000 for legal persons. He urged citizens not to dump waste onto these spaces as environmental protection depends not only on the institutions but on each one of us. He further said that at least half a million leva would be needed to clear up these landfill. Waste in the easement area can cause fires, and also floods as it prevents water from draining, he explained.Open in new tab