Environment Protection inspectors have issued a RON 50,000 fine against the Rovinari energy centre for failing to prevent ash and slag pollution originating from the thermal power plant’s storage site. The investigations revealed that the company is to blame for the pollution that affected Rovinari in recent days because it failed to “prevent dust emissions into the atmosphere.”
According to Ilie Ovidiu, chief commissioner of the Gorj County’s Environment Protection Office, the company that owns the ash and slag storage site in Rovinari should have “contained the site,” a mandatory operation that is in fact part of an ongoing project meant to close down the site in line with European norms. Moreover, according to investigators, the thermal power plant’s moistening unit is outdated, being no longer able to handle the storage site’s requirements. The Rovinari thermal power plant’s representatives have pointed out that the slag and ash pollution that affected the town of Rovinari in recent days was caused by significant wind speed hikes. According to them, “human error” is ruled out.