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article imageGreek fireplace polluters could face fines of €2,500

By Katerina Nikolas     Nov 10, 2013 in Environment
As the Greek government prepares legislation which will allow the banning of fireplaces and wood burners for heat, it has been revealed that fines for fireplace polluters could be as high as €2,500.
The news that the Greek government is preparing draft legislation to ban the use of wood burning as a heat source shocked Greeks preparing for cold winter temperatures.
The measure could be introduced in an effort to combat air pollution which soared last winter. Digital Journal reported smog levels in city areas measured three times higher than normal as a direct result of people heating their home with fireplaces.
Enet reported the Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis has signed a draft which will allow for a ban when air pollutants "exceed 150 micrograms per cubic metre (mg/m3)." According to Defence Net the resultant fines for those that defy the ban will be levied by the Environmental Inspectorate and could be in the region of €2,500.
The potential introduction of the fireplace ban has prompted cries across the Greek media about patrols of fireplace police.
Last winter the government equalised the price of central heating with diesel, pushing prices up 48 percent and leaving oil beyond the price range of most households. The unpopular measure also cost the government €500 million in lost revenue according to Macro Polis. Government requests to the Troika of international lenders to reduce the central heating oil tax have been refused.
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