MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation Germany BUND Chairman Olaf Bandt (Simone Neumann) “We welcome the fact that the Chancellor and the Prime Ministers have decided to have a quiet New Year’s Eve. The ban on the sale of pyrotechnics and the setting down of fireworks in highly frequented places is correct and is supported by a large majority of the population. The municipalities can thus decide for themselves where a ban on fireworks should apply. Nevertheless: Anyone who has already bought pyrotechnics will be allowed to burn them down in non-public places. The BUND appeals to everyone’s common sense to start the new year free of firecrackers. The risk of injury when handling firecrackers and rockets is great and many clinics and hospitals are already working at the limit because of the many Covid 19 patients. In many places, the burning of fireworks means that the limit values for fine dust are far exceeded and people who are sick with Covid-19 or other respiratory diseases are unnecessarily endangered. And last but not least: The annual New Year’s Eve bangs trigger panic and massive stress in pets and wild animals. To spare our fellow creatures this torture is also a piece of active animal protection. ” Even beyond the turn of the year, restrictions and bans on New Year’s Eve fireworks should become mandatory components of air pollution control plans. The BUND has demanded corresponding changes to the 39th ordinance for the implementation of the Federal Immission Control Act, as well as effective legal measures to remove fireworks with harmful substances and high levels of dust from circulation. Contact: Manuel Fernández, BUND expert for chemicals policy, Tel. (030) 2 75 86-463, manuel.fernandez (at) bund.net and BUND press office (Sigrid Wolff / Daniel Jahn / Judith Freund / Heye Jensen), Tel . (030) 2 75 86-425 / -531 / -497 / -464, presse (at) bund.net
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