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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

of December 17, 1997 No. 1422-XIII

About protection of atmospheric air

(as amended on 10-03-2022)

The parliament adopts this law.

Chapter I General provisions

Article 1. Law purpose

The purpose of this law is preserving purity of atmospheric air as environment component, improvement of its quality, prevention and decrease in level of the harmful physical, chemical, biological, radioactive and other effects on the atmosphere leading to negative effects for the population and/or for the environment.

Article 2. Scope of the law

This law regulates activities of physical persons and legal entities (irrespective of type of property and form of business) which directly or indirectly worsen or can worsen quality of atmospheric air.

Article 3. Basic concepts

In this law the following concepts are applied:

air - unique mix of gases (nitrogen and oxygen, small amounts of argon, neon, helium, krypton, xenon, radon, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, water vapor and different particles) of the highest vital importance in which there can live live organisms, the most changeable component of the environment which is knowing no limit, owing to what capable in the course of massive movement to extend traces of human activities to unpredictable distances;

quality of air - set of the quality and quantity characteristics of atmospheric air determining its condition;

pollutant - any airborne substance - firm, liquid, gaseous, vaporous - or energy (radiation, electromagnetic, ionized, thermal, sound, vibration) which can make negative impact on health of the person and/or on the environment;

Maximum allowable concentration of pollutants - the threshold limit value of pollutants in the atmosphere permitted by the existing rules for different zones and intervals of time in case of which the negative impact on the environment, standard rates of quality of air in settlements, criteria of quality of air is not noted;

PDV of pollutants - the maximum permissible emission of pollutants established by way of calculation of dispersion to prizemny layer of the atmosphere source or group of sources of emission which do not exceed the standard rates of quality of air established for the population, animal and flora;

the report on standard rates of PDV - the description of quantity of PDV constituted by the laboratories accredited in accordance with the established procedure;

permission to emission of pollutants in the atmosphere by stationary sources of pollution - the document issued by the Agency of the environment which the right of the owner to perform during fixed term, in full or partially, the type of activity specified in it with obligatory observance at the same time of permission conditions makes sure;

VSE of pollutants - temporarily approved issues of pollutants which as a result of emission and dispersion in atmospheric air over the land surface by source or group of sources of issue exceed standard rates of quality of air (maximum allowable concentration) and for which the plan of measures for decrease in level of issue is provided of PDV;

NPU - adverse weather conditions, the period during which climatic conditions lead to concentration of issues in atmospheric air over the Earth's surface, exceeding standard rates of quality of air (maximum allowable concentration).

air pollution level - concentration of pollutants in atmospheric air, in specific point or zone, established by systematic measurements and comparison to certain criteria (background air pollution, maximum allowable concentration of pollutants, risk for health of the person and/or for the environment, etc.);

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