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9 Dec 2016

Client Earth

Poland: Court revokes permit for new coal plant following public opposition to environmental impacts & inadequate consultation

"Climate victory: ClientEarth blocks Europe’s largest new coal power plant", 6 Dec 2016

Judges in Gdansk, Poland, have revoked a permit to build a controversial new coal power plant – sending the project back to square one.  The court upheld the decision by the Pomeranian governor (the region where the plant was due to be built) to revoke building permits for Północ Power Plant.  This was a welcome victory for local residents and the three non-governmental organisations, including ClientEarth, who opposed the plant.  Judges agreed with the governor that the regional authority’s decision-making process when awarding the building permits was unlawful.  According to the ruling, the authority, Starosta Tczewski (Starosta), hindered citizens’ participation in the legal proceedings...The 1600 MW plant would have been the largest new installation of its kind in the EU, firing about 3.7 million tons of coal and emitting about 8 million tons of CO2 a year.  It was opposed by local residents who were worried about the damage it would cause to their health and the agricultural land that surrounded it...What’s more, the investor had made no assessment of the possible negative impact of the power plant on water.