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Joint letter to Japanese coal power plant investor in Poland

HEAL in Poland, together with 16 environmental and health Polish NGOs, have signed a joint letter to the potential investor (Mitsui & Co) of the Czeczott coal power plant in southern Poland, to reconsider its involvement in the project.

NGOs including HEAL, WWF, Greenpeace, Client Earth, and CEE Bankwatch, sent a letter with a common statement to Mitsui & Co. with the aim of informing this potential investor about the social, environmental and economic risks linked with the planned power plant, as well to ask them to reconsider their involvement in the project.

HEAL highlighted that building Czeczott would exacerbate already very high levels of air pollution in two highly populated regions of Poland – Silesia and Małopolska. In addition, local communities are likely to see an increase in the number of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, asthma, CODP, lung cancer, strokes or heart failure. External health costs resulting from the operation of the Czeczott power plant can reach up to 30 million euro per year.

Referring to the modelling presented in HEAL’s submission to the public consultation on the planned Czeczott power plant, it is revealed that the air from the coal-power plant could reach up to 300km, causing further deterioration of air quality.

The 17 organisations who signed the letter strongly encourage Mitsui & Co. to invest in clean and forward – looking projects leading to improvement of the air quality in Poland.

The letter is available here.

Originally posted on 24 July 2014

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