Poland’s General Director of Environmental Protection (GDOS) has ruled that an investment in the construction of Poland’s “North” (“Polnoc”) 2 GW coal-fired power plant would jeopardize species of fish found in the lower reaches of the Vistula River.

The General Director agreed with environmental and nature protection NGOs and affirmed partial invalidity of the coal plant’s environmental impact assessment permit (EIA).
Coal plant stacks
The Kulczyk Investments-owned Elektrownia Polnoc-run power plant is the largest planned investment of its kind in Europe. The investment has faced previous, successive successful challenges on environmental and procedural grounds.

In August 2013, ClientEarth Poland, EkoKociewie, Association Workshop for All Beings, Greenpeace Poland and WWF Poland submitted a complaint about the environmental impact assessment permit (EIA) for the construction of the plant, which is located in Rajkowy, Pomerania region.

The ecologists indicated that the decision of Regional Director of Environmental Protection (RDOS) was inconsistent with the Regulation of the Minister of Environment, dated 4 October 2002. The regulation clearly states that waste discharge cannot raise the water temperature by more than 1,5°C and below 21,5°C. Whereas, at the request of the investor, the Regional Director had agreed to raise the water temperature by 2°C and cross the threshold by 26,5°C.

The plant was originally scheduled to be operational from 2016 at an estimated cost of $5.1bn.

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