Rospotrebnadzor has clarified the scope of authority for air quality control

© RIA Novosti / Alexey Dancevalley of the CPS. Archival photoRospotrebnadzor has clarified the scope of authority for air quality control© RIA Novosti / Alexey Danichev

Rospotrebnadzor has clarified the scope of their competences in terms of monitoring the quality of atmospheric air in connection with the frequent queries about the lack of transparency of data.

The Department explained that in recent years has increased the number of calls to the CPS about the implementation of the procedure of informing the interested organizations and the public about the results obtained when carrying out socially-hygienic monitoring, as well as on the sanitary-epidemiological situation and about the measures taken to ensure the sanitary-epidemiological welfare of the population.

«Organization of round-the-clock monitoring stations of pollution of atmospheric air, as well as supervision of the sources of emissions of polluting substances in the framework of activities implemented to control air quality in the authority of the CPS is not included,» reads a statement on the website of Rospotrebnadzor.

The Supervisory Agency noted that its jurisdiction includes oversight of quality control of atmospheric air on the territory of populated areas in the control of compliance with hygienic standards — maximum permissible concentrations (MPC) of pollutants.

«The CPS reported that allegations of insufficient transparency of data on the results of the implemented social-hygienic monitoring are not based on actual circumstances and not take into account the legislation of the Russian Federation. Uncleanliness and neglect of the Russian legislation on the part of the initiators of such queries is openly provocative character», — stated in the message.

According to the law of the Russian Federation «the establishment and ensuring functioning of the state observation network, including organization and dissolution of stationary and mobile observation points, determination of their location» and «state monitoring of atmospheric air» refers to the competence of the Federal service for Hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring, the report says. Appropriate air monitoring is also ensured by the bodies of state power of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, bodies of local self-government and economic entities.