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Likely health effects of planned coal power plant in Stade

Local groups organised a panel discussion in the northern German town of Stade to discuss plans to build a coal fired power plant. Julia Huscher, HEAL’s Senior Coal and Health Officer, provided expertise on health implications to the 80 participants of the event.

DOW Chemicals is planning to build a 900MW coal fired power plant in Stade, located close to Hamburg. The plant, to be fuelled mainly by imported hard coal, is planned to provide electricity and gas for the chemical industry, but would also feed electricity into the grid.

A panel discussed was organised in the town to inform citizens and the public administration about the health effects associated with coal combustion, and to start a debate on this topic.

Speakers included Julia Huscher from HEAL, Dr. Hermann Kruse, a toxicologist from the University of Kiel, and local pulmonologist Dr. Gabriele Brockhausen. Representatives of the project developer DOW as well as different industry associations declined to speak.

Health journalist Antje Thiel facilitated the exchange between panelists and the 70-80 participants who attended the event. The local German Greenpeace group presented an online petition tool through which citizens and interested parties could send an email to the Mayor of Stade in order to share their concerns about the planned power plant.

Video of the event available here (in German)

Article in the local newspaper Stader Tageblatt available here in German

Originally posted on 26 June 2014

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