Coal’s unpaid health bill in Romania

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The Unpaid Health Bill in Romania, December 2013

9 December 2013, HEAL and Bankwatch Romanian launched the Romanian version of the Unpaid Health Bill. Out of 10,000 industrial facilities in Europe, coal power plants are the top 20 most damaging to health and environment. Among these 20, Romania has five including power plants in Turceni (second place), Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Craiova-Isalnita and Mintia-Deva.

Emissions from coal power plants in Europe cause over 18,000 premature deaths, approximately 8,600 new cases of chronic bronchitis and over 4 million lost working days each year. The health impact in Europe is estimated at EUR 43 billion per year.

Altogether, coal power plants in Poland, Romania and Germany are responsible for more than half of the health impacts. Romania takes second place for the top coal power plants pollution, alongside Germany. Pollution impacts in Romania stand at 2,731 premature deaths, approximately 1,284 new cases of chronic bronchitis and over 619,660 lost working days each year. The health impacts of coal power plants in Romania are estimated at up to EUR 6.4 billion per year.

- Download the full report here
- Press release EN - RO

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