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Environmental revolution initiated by health study in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Last month the Center for Ecology and Energy (CEE) organised the presentation of a study on the health impacts of coal fired power generation in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is estimated that health impacts here are valued at €99 million/year.

The study presented the analysis of impacts associated with exposure to air pollution from existing and planned coal power plants in the Tuzla region. It showed that the existing TPP has high emissions of NOx, SO2 and PM2.5 and the plant is linked to 4,918 ‘years of life lost’ each year.

The presentation of the study attracted great interest by media and citizens, especially those living in the immediate vicinity of TPP. On the 18 November, local communities organised protests in front of Tuzla TPP announcing the beginning of an “environmental revolution”. The harmful impact of burning coal on health has become an everyday topic for these people.

The unpaid health bill from coal-fired power plants is paid by individuals, national health care budgets, and by the economy at large across Europe. The burning of coal is an important contributor to air pollution, which European respiratory experts have called an ‘invisible killer’ and which represents one of today’s most important public health threats. Many participants highlighted that the time for citizens to act was now, to help support the phasing out of coal power plants and protect public health.

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Last updated on 18 December 2013

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