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20 Oct 2016

CEE Bankwatch Network

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Watchdog files complaint to EU Energy Community against govt. ministry over lax pollution limits for new Chinese-backed unit at Tuzla coal power plant

"Lawsuits and complaints pile up against planned Bosnia and Herzegovina coal power plants", 17 October 2016

Sarajevo-based environmental watchdog Ekotim has submitted...an official complaint to the Energy Community dispute settlement mechanism due to lax pollution limits for a new Chinese-backed 450 MW unit at the Tuzla coal power plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The complaint claims that the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism has failed to require the plant to comply with the Industrial Emissions Directive pollution limits for new plants. Instead the Ministry required only older, less stringent standards for SO2 and dust. As a consequence additional investments may be needed once the plant is built. This complaint is the latest in a series of legal moves by NGOs against planned new coal power plants in the country due to their adverse health and climate impacts.