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Plovdiv: Over 100 residents of Rakovski protest against frequent fires at Shishmantsi landfill, demand referendum

Plovdiv: Over 100 residents of Rakovski protest against frequent fires at Shishmantsi landfill, demand referendum

16 August 2019 | 11:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. People's protests near the Shishmantsi landfill continue. Today, more than 100 residents of Rakovski and the villages of Shishmantsi, Belozem and Stryama have gathered to protest against the frequent fires at the Shishmantsi landfill, Focus Radio – Plovdiv reported. The protests are led by Father Rumen, a priest from the town of Rakovski. People are demanding strict control over the waste treatment plant. They are calling for a referendum on the plant closure or its turning into an ecological plant.
"The state has the resources to do this, and it can even be profitable," said Father Rumen. In his words, the plant is just a landfill, which has for years affected the residents of the nearby villages and towns with its frequent fires.
Residents of Rakovski have sent Prime Minister Boyko Borissov a letter signed by over 2000 people calling for assistance from the state in introducing urgent measures to ensure safety in the area or shut down the plant.

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Plovdiv: Day four of firefighting efforts at Shishmantsi landfill

Plovdiv: Day four of firefighting efforts at Shishmantsi landfill

15 August 2019 | 12:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. The firefighting efforts at the landfill near Shishmantsi continue for the fourth day in a row, Focus Radio – Plovdiv reported. The fire is smouldering, firefighters are dumping water and earth. The smouldering is up to 10 metres deep, which means that it will last at least for another week, the firefighters said.
This morning once again several residents of the neighbouring villages gathered near the landfill to express their concern over the air pollution from the smoke. The regional environment inspectorate reported yesterday that the level of fine particulate matter in the air was only slightly elevated and did not pose risk to people’s health.
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Chief Commissioner Nikolay Nikolov on Shishmantsi fire: People should seal off their windows and doors until they are told things are safe

Chief Commissioner Nikolay Nikolov on Shishmantsi fire: People should seal off their windows and doors until they are told things are safe

13 August 2019 | 12:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. Our efforts to take control of the fire at the Shishmantsi landfill continue, said Director General of Fire Safety and Civil Protection, Chief Commissioner Nikolay Nikolov, said a reporter of Focus Radio – Plovdiv.
"There are three important things that we pay attention to. First of all, this is air control. It is being controlled depending on the direction of wind. That's why right now the measuring stations are located in Bolyarino, where the wind is blowing to," Nikolov said.
"Critical levels, dangerous to human life and health, have not been registered. However, we are urging residents to seal off their windows and doors until they are told that things are safe," he said.
The wind is expected to change its direction and therefore in an hour or two, a new mobile air control station will be installed elsewhere.
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Plovdiv: Fire in Shishmantsi localised to open area of about 1 decare

Plovdiv: Fire in Shishmantsi localised to open area of about 1 decare

12 August 2019 | 12:55 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. The fire in Shishmantsi has been localised to an open area of about 1 decare, Deputy Director of the Fire Department, Peter Toskov, told FOCUS Radio – Plovdiv.
The fire broke out at about 1:00am this morning on the eastern slope of the Shishmantsi landfill. A team from the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water - Plovdiv and the Regional Laboratory - Plovdiv responded immediately after receiving the report about the fire.
"The reasons for the fire are not clear yet. Motorway smoke is also possible," Toskov said, adding that assistance from more fire engines could be asked, if deemed necessary.

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