Russian diplomats face a fine for violation of the rules of burning garbage on the eve of departure from the Consulate General in San Francisco. On 1 September over the building could see the black smoke, which the Embassy staff explained the burning «certain items» in the fireplace.
Service monitoring air quality in the San Francisco accused the Russian Consulate in violation of the rules of burning garbage on the eve of departure from the premises, reports CBS TV channel.
«It was clear that not burned the dry wood. There was a lot of black smoke… and due to its density and darkness it was clear that this was some kind of debris or material that is not permitted to burn,» — said the representative of the service.
In addition, the last working day of the Embassy air temperature exceeded 37 degrees, and the use of fireplaces in the city was limited.
Environmentalists have been informed about the lawsuit via e-mail, the process can take several months. The amount of the fine has not yet been determined.
Earlier, Russian diplomats were not allowed in the Consulate building fire, stating that in order, and smoke is because they burn in the fireplace «some things.» The Russian foreign Ministry explained the origin of the black smoke «measures for the preservation of the building.»
«In this connection can be closed the window, lowered the blinds, turned off the light, go down the water, shut the door, throw the garbage, switch off the heating devices, to include life support systems and much more,» — said the official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
The Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco, as well as consular facilities in Washington and new York on September 2 was closed by the decision of the US authorities. This was the response of Washington to the instruction of Moscow to reduce the us diplomatic corps in Russia.
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