An investigation is taking place in Lithuania into a case of alleged illegal incineration of waste at a Fortum combined heat and power plant.

The fallout from the issue has led to the independent board of AB Vilniaus Silumos Tinklai (Vilnius Heating Network) announcing its resignation due to a difference in opinion with Vilnius City Municipality in Lithuania about how the company should be managed.
City of Klapeida
Local news agencies report that the management of waste which had been brought from Ireland to Klaipeda had violated the law. Nearly 3,000 tonnes of waste were scheduled to be sorted, but is believed to have been incinerated instead.

It is unclear whether a one-off shipment was incinerated, or if it was a part of a larger shipment which is being brought in small portions. However, initial data shows that the law was violated not by Fortum Klaipeda, which incinerated the waste, but by a company called Satruva, which imported it.

According to the mayor of Klaipeda, Vytautas Grybliauskas, based on the investigation’s findings, waste was transported illegally and was not sorted but incinerated at Fortum Klaipeda combined heat and power plant.
Vytautas Grybliauskas
Law enforcement and environmental protection agencies are trying to determine if Fortum Klaipeda combined heat and power plant had illegaly incinerated the waste.

“The story might evolve into a large court battle. We must be principled and vigilant as far as law violations threatening the quality of life of Klaipeda’s residents are concerned. We will not allow Klaipeda to turn into a transit city for importing and incinerating waste,” Grubliauskas said.

On its website Fortum Klapeida announced that it had terminated its contract with Satruva as a result of the incident discovered.

“Fortum Klaipeda terminated the contract with one of its suppliers UAB ŠATRUVA, [when] it came to light that the company has brought in waste from Ireland for incineration. [In] Lithuania importation of foreign waste is prohibited, and such activities incur liability under the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania.”