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A series of fires in Poland. Paulina Hennig-Kloska: this may be a new form of scaring people

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The scale of the fires is astonishing – said Paulina Hennig-Kloska, Minister of Climate and Environment, in “Fakty po Faktach”, talking about the events that have recently occurred in Poland. According to her, “this may of course be a new form of scaring people in Poland, spreading fear,” but she noted that the authorities were waiting for more information. – We are doing everything to keep people safe, but also not to spread panic if it is not necessary – she said.

The head of the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Paulina Hennig-Kloska (Poland 2050), was asked in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 about a series of fires in Poland that have occurred recently. The new head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Tomasz Siemoniak, said that “we are at a time when we cannot rule out anything.”

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The minister was asked whether she “already knows that the involvement of foreigners in these fires can be ruled out.” – Of course we cannot rule out anything and in this respect we are waiting for the report from the police and the prosecutor's office. Because usually this investigation takes a little more time, she said.

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– Every day we protect the environment, people's health and lives. This is what we did last weekend. I was in constant contact with the voivodes who managed the headquarters, she assured. She added that “we have some first conclusions after these two days, which are difficult for the services.”

Hennig-Kloska: this may be a new form of scaring people in Poland

When asked whether pyro-terrorism could be ruled out, the TVN24 guest said that “the scale of the fires is astonishing.”

– Yes, as I said, and I agree with the minister that we cannot rule out anything. But we are waiting for confirmation. This may, of course, be a new form of scaring people in Poland, of spreading fear, especially in the face of the European elections. However, we do everything to ensure people's safety, but also not to spread panic if it is not necessary – she pointed out.

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“We have agreed on an inter-ministerial team”

She also said that the illegal “waste landfill that burned in Siemianowice Śląskie was created between 2016-2019.” She added that there are many places like this in Poland. – These are things that were created as a result of the leaky system during the years of government of our predecessors. We are working on this in many threads today, she argued.

– First, we check whether the system is already tight. It is not, so what can be done in the system to seal it. Increase monitoring and cooperation with the Road Transport Inspectorate and customs services – she enumerated.

She announced that “there will be an act, I think in a few months, the most widely adopted one on this matter, which will effectively seal it, at least as much as possible.” – On the other hand, we will try to protect people against such cases – she added. The third action taken is – as she indicated – “eliminating this mess, prosecuting (…) criminals more effectively.”

– We have already agreed on an inter-ministerial team where, after these first months, we will collect all information, ideas and plans. We will plan further actions between the ministers, she said.

When asked when the meeting of this inter-ministerial team would be held, she replied: – Today I set the date so as to collect materials within a month and a half.

– I would like to meet with other ministers regarding, specifically, landfills. Because we need multi-level actions. For example, we need to build a hazardous waste incineration plant, because we do not have enough of it in Poland. That's why the problem is accumulating so much – explained Hennig-Kloska.

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