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Construction permit for Polish power plant revoked

The Polish province of Pommerania has revoked the construction permit for the future 1.6 GW Polnoc power plant in the North of Poland. Evidence on health costs provided by HEAL contributed to this decision.

The Polnoc power plant would have been built in one of the cleanest region in Poland, threatening the health of people there and all over Poland, as well as the clean environment.

Back in 2014, HEAL brought together evidence on the future health impacts of the plant. Our assessment showed that the information submitted originally as part of the environmental impact assessment for Polnoc was inaccurate and flawed, as air pollution was underestimated and it was claimed that the plant would lead to no health effects at all. HEAL estimated that the plant would cause health costs of 29 – 79 mio. EUR per year. Our experts also participated in several consultation meetings in the region to further discuss the health impacts.

When in March 2015 the building permit was granted, Polish NGOs, together with several local residents decided to appeal it, using HEAL’s evidence as one argument. HEAL’s evidence was also cited by the province of Pommerania in their decision to overturn the construction permit.

With this decision it is now very unlikely that Polnoc will ever be built.

Originally posted on 27 January 2016

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