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madalina_isac Feb 19, 2019 08:56 PM
Hi, guys!
I am living in a residential neighbourhood assigned to a commune just outside Bucharest, Romania. For the past 2+ months, we have been invaded by a strong chemical smell coming from the small lake that's at the border of our neighbourhood.
Ever since it started to smell, it grew stronger and stronger and the air has become unbreathable, it even enters the house with the doors and windows closed. although the smell persists throughout the day pretty subtly, it reaches alarming levels in the morning and in the evening.

People in the community have been contacting the Local Environmental Agency (the one for Ilfov county), the National Environmental Agency, we have written numerous claims and called the local authorities, and even messaged the media, but all we got from the environment agency for the past few weeks is that an investigation is in process.

This is very serious because the smell is so chemical and stingy that you feel that your nose is burning on the inside. I personally feel a sensation of vomiting if I do not cover my nose and I am not a sensitive person.

We know corruption is a big problem in our country and we are now afraid that whoever causes this massive air pollution is trying to hide it and stall the investigation. I cannot imagine otherwise as an inspector declared on television a while ago that the smell is not related to common to residual waters discharge in case they are happening.

Who else could we contact to in order to hurry the investigation and to make sure the source of this pollution is found and remove? What else can we do? Do you guys have any ideas?
We cannot live like this anymore, we cannot even open the windows in the morning and we are getting extremely worried.
Thank you.
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EEA Feb 22, 2019 09:13 AM
Dear Ms. Madalina_Isac,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The EEA is the EU agency responsible for providing information on the European environment. The aim of the EEA is to ensure that decision-makers and the public are kept informed about the state and outlook of the environment. The EEA collects environmental data from the Member Countries, other EU institutions and international organisations. Based on this information, we produce reports on various environmental topics.

Please be aware that European environmental legislation is beyond the EEA’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies and has no mandate for providing legal or technical assistance for complaints relating to environmental legislation, and no powers of investigation related to the issue you raise in your message. Therefore, we are unfortunately not able to help you.

We take good note that you have already been in contact with several local authorities and national/local agencies on this matter and that an investigation is in process.

Under the Treaty establishing the European Community, the European Commission is responsible for ensuring that European Community law is correctly applied. Anyone may lodge a complaint with the European Commission against a European Member State about any measure, which is considered to be incompatible with Community law. However, to be admissible, a complaint has to relate to an infringement of Community law by a Member State.

You may contact the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission directly, or register a complaint at[…]/complaints_en.htm. See also

You may also contact the unit dealing with complaints in the Directorate General for the Environment of the European Commission at the following address:

Mr. Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea
Director "Implementation, Governance and Semester"
DG Environment
European Commission
200 rue de la Loi
BE-1049 Bruxelles

I hope this information may be useful to you.

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