City commission asks Cabinet to declare "environmental emergency" in Lviv
Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy has asked the city commission to request that Ukraine's Cabinet of Minister declare an 'environmental emergency' in Lviv.
"The city commission has appealed to the government in order to declare an 'environmental emergency' in Lviv. The organizers of the so-called garbage blockade can celebrate. We have no other possibilities left to avert an environmental disaster," Sadovy wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.
The Lviv mayor said French experts together with Ukrainian specialists are actively working to define technological parameters for a waste disposal project. He said it would take two years to build a waste disposal plant. The construction may start as early as this year.
On May 29, 2016, a landslide of over 100,000 cubic meters of garbage happened at the city landfill near the village of Hrybovychi outside Lviv. As a result, four people were trapped under the garbage. The bodies of three firefighters were found and the body of the environment specialist was not found.
Public hearings on construction of a waste disposal plant are scheduled before July 15, and during the autumn of 2017 a land plot will be allocated for the investor.
Inhabitants of Lviv during the night of June 9 blocked motorways in the city demanding the removal of garbage. Several regions of Ukraine have reported garbage from Lviv and Lviv region being dumped in their jurisdictions.