In Świdnica (Lower Silesia), preventive inspections of furnaces and what residents burn in them are underway. From July 1, devices below class three and without a class should be replaced. – Even having such a furnace ready for use may result in criminal sanctions being applied – emphasized Edward Świątkowski, deputy commander of the City Guard in Świdnica.
The inspections are the result of the adoption by the Lower Silesian Voivodeship Assembly of a resolution specifying the regulations regarding the air protection program. Mainly residential properties (apartments and single-family houses) were selected for inspection, the owners of which reported in the Central Emission Register of Buildings (CEEB) that they use coal-fired heat sources. The inspections, which have been ongoing since January 8, are carried out by authorized officers of the City Guard and employees of the Municipal Office in Świdnica.
– The Marshal’s Office asked us to carry out at least a hundred such inspections in the city and to check two things – said Mateusz Jadach from the press office of the Świdnica City Hall in an interview with TVN24 reporter Tomasz Mildyn. He explained that it is about what “is burned in homes, i.e. what type of fuel it is and, secondly, what devices are used, i.e. what class the furnace, boiler or other device is.”
Residents have until July 1
As Edward Świątkowski, deputy commander of the City Guard in Świdnica, said, “we inspect the premises where the furnaces need to be replaced.” In an interview with TVN24, he reminded that from July 1 this year, furnaces below class three and without a class should be disconnected. However, from July 2028, it will not be possible to use coal or wood stoves with a class lower than class five.
– Even having such a furnace ready for use may result in the application of criminal sanctions provided for by law – he emphasized. Violating the ban may result in a fine of up to PLN 500 or a fine of up to PLN 5,000.
“We still have a few million hot dogs”
– On a national scale, we have enormous technological backwardness. We still have a few million stoves of furnaces, i.e. those outside the class. It’s from the 19th century, with an open grate into which you can throw anything, but another problem is that we still burn waste – Krzysztof Smolnicki from the Lower Silesian Smog Alarm told TVN24
– It is also burned with prohibited fuels, and in Lower Silesia, the practice allowed by the government was burning lignite in the previous heating season – he added.
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