|Photo: Gunther Bartos from the ArcelorMittal steelworks in Ostrava|
A border region shared by the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany is called the Black Triangle for its extreme air pollution from coal operations and other industry. ELAW partners at Frank Bold are working with communities here to demand clean air, and winning!
"Finally, the courts have recognized the need for effective action against air pollution and delivered three great judgements," says Kristina Sabova, a lawyer at Frank Bold.
In Prague, and the Usti and Ostrava regions, courts have ordered the Ministry of the Environment to prepare new Air Quality Management Plans that ensure that air quality meets European Union standards.
Frank Bold worked closely with local communities to win these extraordinary victories.
Kristina said ELAW Staff Scientist Mark Chernaik "helped us a lot with his patient responses to our never-ending questions about the air pollution and contribution of various sources."
Kristina was an ELAW Fellow in 2016. She and her colleagues at Frank Bold work closely with ELAW's law and science teams to protect communities in Central Europe from polluting coal plants and advance green energy policy.
For more information see:
Prague court rules government's air quality plan fails to meet EU standards
A Major Win for Air Quality in Usti region of the Czech Republic
A Major Win for Air Quality in the Most Pollution Afflicted Region of the Czech Republic