REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                      
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
                                                                                
          ON THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 1                                           
                                                                                
                       General Provisions                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
       Article  1.  The Department of Environmental Protection of               
the Republic  of Lithuania  shall be  a state body accountable to               
the Supreme  Council of the Republic of Lithuania and responsible               
for the regulation of the use of natural resources and control of               
environmental protection.                                                       
                                                                                
      Article 2. The Department of Environmental Protection shall               
function in  accordance with  the Provisional  Basic Law  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania, this  Law, as  well  as  other  laws  and               
legislative acts of the Republic of Lithuania.                                  
                                                                                
       Article  3. Decisions  of the  Department of Environmental               
Protection adopted  within its jurisdiction shall be binding upon               
all ministries,  local governments,  military  units,  and  other               
legal and natural persons.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 4. The Department of Environmental Protection of the               
Republic of  Lithuania shall  coordinate legislative  acts on the               
issues related  to the use of natural resources and environmental               
protection  adopted   by  ministries,   departments   and   local               
governments.                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 5. The Department of Environmental Protection of the               
Republic of  Lithuania shall  submit  an  annual  report  to  the               
Supreme Council  of the  Republic of  Lithuania  on  the  use  of               
natural resources and the state of environmental protection.                    
                                                                                
      Article 6. The Department of Environmental Protection shall               
prepare an  estimate of expenditures which, upon its presentation               
by the  General Director  of the Department, shall be approved by               
the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania.                               
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 2                                           
                                                                                
                    Objectives and Functions                                    
                                                                                
     Article 7. The Department of Environmental Protection shall:               
                                                                                
      (1) ensure state regulation of the use of natural resources               
and state  monitoring of  the  environmental  protection  in  the               
Republic, including its territorial waters, continental shelf and               
economic zone;                                                                  
     (2) protect the characteristic landscape of the Republic, as               
well as  its separate  areas,  ecological  systems,  and  natural               
objects of scientific, cognitive and historical-cultural value.                 
                                                                                
     Article 8. The Department of Environmental Protection of the               
Republic of Lithuania shall implement state policy in the spheres               
of utilization of natural resources and environmental protection,               
and perform the following functions:                                            
                                                                                
       (1) monitor the use of natural resources and environmental               
protection;                                                                     
      (2) at the behest of the Supreme Council of the Republic of               
Lithuania and on its own initiative draft laws, within the limits               
of  its   powers,  adopt  legislative  acts,  approve  norms  and               
standards  for   the  utilization   of  natural   resources   and               
environmental protection;                                                       
       (3)  regulate and  monitor the  survey and  utilization of               
natural resources,  establish optimum  permissible utilization of               
natural resources;                                                              
       (4) regulate and control human activity in protected areas               
and preservation  zones, manage  state natural  reserves, compile               
and update the Red Book;                                                        
       (5)  establish the  procedure for  coordinating ecological               
investigation and development plans, organize and implement these               
tasks;                                                                          
       (6)  prepare national  special-purpose programmes  of  the               
utilization of natural resources and environmental protection and               
monitor their implementation;                                                   
       (7)  organize, coordinate  and perform  overall ecological               
monitoring;                                                                     
     (8)  organize,   coordinate   and   carry   out   scientific               
investigation  of   the  utilization  of  natural  resources  and               
environmental protection;                                                       
      (9) create the State  Environmental Protection Fund and use               
the  moneys   contained  in   said  Fund  as  prescribed  by  the               
regulations of the State Environmental Protection Fund;                         
     (10) cooperate  with foreign  countries  and  represent  the               
Republic of  Lithuania  in  international  organizations  and  at               
conferences on  issues related  to  the  utilization  of  natural               
resources and environmental protection;                                         
      (11) monitor the implementation of international agreements               
on environmental protection;                                                    
       (12) inform the public on the state of the environment and               
coordinate public ecological education programs; and                            
     (13)  as   needed,  organize  the  implementation  of  other               
measures of environmental protection.                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 3                                           
                                                                                
                             Powers                                             
                                                                                
     Article 9. Within its powers the Department of Environmental               
Protection shall:                                                               
                                                                                
      (1) submit to the institutions responsible for the approval               
of  projects   binding   recommendations   on   the   issues   of               
environmental   protection   in   relation   to   the   location,               
construction, reconstruction  and planned  expansion of  economic               
and other facilities;                                                           
       (2) suspend the construction or reconstruction of economic               
and other  facilities if environmental protection regulations are               
violated;                                                                       
       (3)  suspend or  restrict the  activities of  enterprises,               
institutions,  and   organizations  if   they  violate   laws  on               
environmental  protection,   fail  to   implement   measures   of               
environmental protection,  or if  their activities contradict the               
norms and standards of environmental protection;                                
       (4)  submit to  the Supreme  Council of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania plans  for the  establishment  of  state  reservations,               
nature preserves, national and natural parks, and other protected               
areas;                                                                          
     (5) designate natural monuments for special protection;                    
      (6) file claims for damages resulting from pollution of the               
environment and  unscientific use  of natural  resources; prepare               
and approve the procedure and tariffs for assessing damages;                    
                                                                                
       (7)  investigate cases of administrative liability for the               
violation  of   laws  on   environmental  protection  and  impose               
penalties therefor;  propose the removal from office of officials               
responsible for  gross  violations  of  environmental  protection               
legislation;                                                                    
       (8)  issue licences  for prospecting and utilizing natural               
resources,  for  storing  and  burying  domestic  and  industrial               
wastes, and  for discharging  pollutants, as  well as  promulgate               
pollutant discharge limits and regulations;                                     
      (9) within its powers issue permits for blasting operations               
and hydrotechnical  works,  promulgate  environmental  protection               
limits for the use of motor and power boats;                                    
       (10)  stop and  inspect Lithuanian  and foreign ships, and               
other vessels  in the internal and territorial waters, and in the               
economic zone, and exercise State environmental control;                        
     (11) obtain from the Government of the Republic of Lithuania               
drafts of  planned decisions and information on issues concerning               
utilization of  natural resources  and environmental  protection;               
apply to  the Supreme  Council of  the Republic  of Lithuania for               
repealing   Government   acts   that   violate   regulations   of               
environmental protection;                                                       
     (12) obtain from ministries, departments, local governments,               
enterprises, institutions,  and  organizations  information,  and               
statistical and  other data  on issues  concerning utilization of               
natural resources and environmental protection; and                             
     (13) obtain  from heads  of enterprises,  institutions,  and               
organizations   oral    and   written    explanations,   required               
certificates, and  copies of  documents concerning utilization of               
natural resources and environmental protection.                                 
                                                                                
       Article  10. Officers  of the  Department of Environmental               
Protection shall  have the  right to  enter without hindrance the               
territories and  facilities  of  all  enterprises,  institutions,               
organizations, farms, and military units to perform environmental               
control as well as special tests and special measurements.                      
                                                                                
       Article  11. The Department of Environmental Protection of               
the Republic  of Lithuania  shall consist of a central apparatus,               
district   divisions,    district   inspectorates,    and   other               
organizations subordinate to it.                                                
                                                                                
       Article  12. The  head of  the Department of Environmental               
Protection shall  be the  General Director  of the Department who               
shall be  appointed or removed from office by the Supreme Council               
of the Republic of Lithuania.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 13. The General Director shall:                                    
                                                                                
       (1) organize the work of the Department and be responsible               
for its functioning;                                                            
      (2) represent the Department of Environmental Protection of               
the Republic of Lithuania;                                                      
       (3)  approve the  structure and number of employees of the               
Department of Environmental Protection within the limits of funds               
appropriated for  Department salaries,  the rules and regulations               
of the  structural subdivisions  of the  Department, as  well  as               
their internal rules and regulations; establish the procedure for               
state monitoring of environmental protection;                                   
       (4) form commissions for the consideration of more complex               
issues; and                                                                     
     (5) issue directives, approve instructions, regulations, and               
methods of  functioning; adopt  other decisions within the limits               
of his powers.                                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 14. The Department of Environmental Protection shall               
include the  Council of  the Utilization of Natural Resources and               
Environmental Protection, which shall also include ex officio the               
General Director of the Department.                                             
       The decisions of the Council shall be implemented upon the               
General Director's instructions.                                                
                                                                                
       Article  15. The Department of Environmental Protection of               
the Republic  of Lithuania shall have the rights of legal person.               
The Department  shall have  its own seal with the State emblem of               
the Republic of Lithuania, its own emblem and other symbols.                    
                                                                                
Vytautas Landsbergis                                                            
                                                                                
President                                                                       
Supreme Council                                                                 
Republic of Lithuania                                                           
                                                                                
13 July 1990                                                                    
No. I-373