Holidaymakers stay vigilant –environmental hotline flooded with reports2015-07-14
The Information Receipt and Management Centre (the Centre) of the State Environmental Protection Service, its so-called dispatcher office of environmentalists, received 1164 notifications by people about environmental violations they noticed.
As previously, calls by the single emergency phone number 112 or directly to the Centre in order to report potential environmental damages were most often made by residents of the largest cities: 239 calls were received from Vilnius, 126 calls from Kaunas, and 110 calls from Klaipėda.
Calls to report incidents with wild animals prevailed. Notifications about violations of the fishing regulations were also numerous.
In June, the Centre officials on duty 148 times sent on-call service officials of the regional environmental departments to investigate the reports received. Many of the reports turned out to be true. Environmental violations have been identified 114 times – poaching, environmental pollution, burning of waste, inappropriate management of waste, wastewater, slurry, illegal cutting of forests, etc. As previously, officials on duty during out of office hours were most often called to inspect reports on breaches of the fishing regulations (69).
The Ministry of Environment reminds that environmental violations, environmental pollution or damage may be reported by the single emergency phone number 112 or directly to the Centre, telephone number (5) 273 2995. The Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including days off.
Public Information Division