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18 Jul 2019

CEE Bankwatch Network

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Air pollution, mostly from coal plants, caused over 100 premature deaths in Tuzla last year, says new report

"Independent data highlights air pollution crisis in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina", 25 June 2019

Dust pollution in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been twice the legal limit on two thirds of monitored days in 2018 and caused over one hundred premature deaths in adults during the year, according to independent new data published today in the report Lifting the Smog by CEE Bankwatch Network, the Health and Environment Alliance – HEAL and the Center for Ecology and Energy in Bosnia and Herzegovina...PM10 pollution resulted in 1339 new cases of bronchitis in adults in Tuzla in 2018 – almost one third of all incidences of bronchitis that year...But instead of focusing on meaningful reduction of air pollution in Tuzla, the government is currently planning to add a new 450 MW coal-fired unit to the local lignite power plant (built in the 1960s and 1970s), which is already a major source of pollution in Tuzla, with its adjacent open-cast mines and ash disposal site. The new unit is subject to controversy, among others because it is not designed in line with the latest EU pollution control standards known as the LCP BREF.