Power plants – what is the problem?
Coal-fired power plants are the main industrial source for air pollution. In Poland as much as 85% of electricity is generated from coal. According to the report of the National Center for Balancing and Emission Management, power stations located in our country are responsible for: 11% of PM 2.5 primary emissions, 51% of sulfur dioxide emissions and 31% of nitrogen oxide emissions. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are converted into secondary dust as a result of physicochemical processes taking place in the atmosphere. It is invisible but deadly pollution. There is no safe emission level for PM10, PM2.5 and ozone.
Is it my problem?
Air pollution generated by power plants doesn’t remain local – it can cover several provinces and even neighboring countries. That is because the pollution emitted by the cooling towers at high altitudes (the cooling tower of the Ostrołęka C power plant will be at least 180 m) so that it spreads up to significant distances (up to 750 km). Pollution from coal-fired power plants is our common problem.
Do I have anything to fear?
Poland is one of the most polluted countries in Europe - 33 of the 50 most polluted EU cities are in our country. Air pollution is a serious problem - every year around 45,000 people in Poland die prematurely because of it! Only the air pollution caused by burning of coal in Polish power plants kills prematurely around 3 500 people. The operation of the Ostrołęka C power plant will add 16 victims a year to this deadly toll. Investor’s official documents are silent on this subject.