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Poland: future Czeczott coal plant on hold

Following the overturn of an environmental permit to build the new coal power plant, the Polish investor has now put the project on hold. HEAL together with local citizens and other groups have repeatedly raised concerns about this new coal plant and provided evidence on possible health impacts.

In July 2014 the Board of the Polish company Kompania Węglowa signed an agreement with the Japanese company Mitsui to build a new 1000 MW power plant in the village of Wola, in Silesia, Poland. The construction was due to begin in 2016.

Hearing the news of the proposed plant, environmental and health NGOs including HEAL came together with local citizens to oppose such a project. In May 2014 HEAL warned in its submission to a public consultation that the construction of a new power plant could lead to annual health costs of at least 30 million EUR. HEAL stated that a comprehensive health impact assessment of the plant should be carried out. The air quality in Silesia is already very poor, and the new coal plant would add on air pollution.

In September 2014 the Municipal Council of Goczalkowice, Spa (located in the direct vicinity of the planned investment) adopted a resolution calling for the phasing out of this investment. In October 2014 local court revoked environmental permission using arguments and comments on the project from NGOs including HEAL’s health evidence on the impacts of air pollution from coal power plants.

In March this year, the project has been put on hold. Although the Board of Kompania Węglowa are in talks with banks and energy companies about their potential involvement in the project, these talks are in the early stages.

Originally posted on 9 April 2015

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