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Public discussions on Polish coal power plants

Last month HEAL in Poland had the opportunity to attend a series of meetings in regions where new coal power plants are in the pipeline. HEAL presented findings on health impacts from coal power to interested citizens.

In addition to meetings with local authorities and the representatives of local communities concerned about power plant projects in their regions, HEAL also participated at a conference in Goczałkowice Zdrój and meetings in Oświęcim and Tczew.

The conference in Goczałkowice Zdrój, a well-known Polish spa town, gathered local inhabitants interested in the potential influence of the Czeczott coal power plant on their lives and health. Research was presented by representatives of Polish civil society organisations on the possible risks of the power plant’s existence in their region and referred to the incorrect data from the power plants’ environmental assessment impact report.

HEAL’s Coal and Health Adviser in Poland, Łukasz Adamkiewicz, focused on the possible health consequences for the local communities, highlighting the impact of air pollution dispersion on human health. Following the conference, Lukasz participated at a meeting with inhabitants of nearby Oświęcim, a city 25km from Goczałkowice, also vulnerable to the potential impacts of the Czeczott power plant.

HEAL also presented the health impacts of coal during a meeting with local communities in Tczew, which is in range of the potential North Power Plant, in the north of Poland. An interesting debate at the meeting proved the need to raise awareness among local communities on how coal power plants contribute to air pollution, as well as the possible impact on plant and crop fertility.

Photo: From left to right: Diana Maciąga, Workshop for the All beings, Małgorzata Smolak, Client Earth, Łukasz Adamkiewicz, HEAL and Dariusz Szwed, Politician. Credits: Radosław Ślusarczyk.

Originally posted on 24 July 2014

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