Heavily polluting Romanian power plant challenged

Greenpeace Romania, with the support of ClientEarth, has submitted a legal challenge against a lifetime permit granted in September to one of Romania’s oldest and largest coal power plants, Rovinari. The organisations seek to annul the plant’s permit, as it does not comply with EU pollution laws and fails to consider the impact on the health of people and the planet.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) should have been carried out, or at least considered, before extending Rovinari’s permit, and failure to consider an EIA disregards both EU and Romanian law. ClientEarth lawyer Dominique Doyle said: “Rovinari is one of the biggest CO2 polluters in the EU and one of the deadliest in terms of air pollution but amazingly it has been granted fresh permission to pollute indefinitely without having to assess any of these risks.”

The authority has approximately one month to respond to Greenpeace Romania’s administrative challenge. If no changes are made to the permit to rectify the breaches in the law, the campaigners will challenge the permit through the courts.

Source: ClientEarth press release, 31 October 2018. Link: https://www.clientearth.org/legal-challenge-targets-romanian-giant-pollu...


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