17.01.2018 change 17.01.2018

The President signed the laws on air quality tests

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President Andrzej Duda has signed an amendment to the Law on the Inspection for Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Law - the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland reported on Friday. According to the new law, air quality tests are to be uniform for the whole country and more reliable.

The new law implements the EU regulations and is expected to contribute to better monitoring of air quality.

According to the Ministry of the Environment, currently one of the main problems is the lack of a uniform, systemic solution at the national level, consisting in mathematical modelling of air pollution movements and changes, which supports the assessment of air quality on the regional level.

Previously performed tasks related to air quality modelling were generally carried out by individual provinces separately and often in different ways. Now, one model common for the whole country is to be created.

The task of the Institute of Environmental Protection - National Research Institute in Warsaw will be mathematical modelling of concentrations of pollutants in the air and providing information on their spatial distribution in the country, mainly for the needs of annual air quality assessments and forecasts. Modelling results will be passed to the Minister of the Environment and the Chief Inspector of Environmental Protection. Modelling will be carried out for the first time in 2019.

The changes expand the competences and tasks of the National Reference and Calibration Laboratory at the Chief Inspectorate Of Environmental Protection. It supervises the quality of atmospheric air tests carried out as part of the State Environmental Monitoring (SEM).

Under the new law, the National Reference and Calibration Laboratory will supervise not only the laboratories of provincial inspectorates, but also other entities that perform measurements of air quality as part of the State Environmental Monitoring, for example industrial plants, foundations, science and research institutes and local governments. The laboratory will also be responsible for coordinating EU air quality assurance programs in Poland. The National Reference and Calibration Laboratory will participate in EU air quality programs at least once every three years.

"The law comes into force 14 after the date of announcement, with the exception of Article 1 introducing changes to the Law of 20 July 1991 on the Inspection for Environmental Protection, which will come into force on the day following the day of the announcement" - wrote the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. (PAP)

author: Michał Boroń

editor: Anna Mackiewicz

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