Closure Looms for Bulgaria's Polluting Thermal Plants

Environment | July 19, 2010, Monday // 17:21|  views

Bulgaria's Environmental Minister, Nona Karadzhova, says polluting TPPs in Bulgaria must be closed because clean air is more important than job openings. Photo by BGNES

All Thermal Power Plants (TPP) in Bulgaria that pollute the environment will be closed by the end of 2012, Eco Minister, Nona Kardzhova, informs Monday.

The Minister pointed she has no worries about power shortages because the deadline gives TPPs enough time to fulfill the environmental requirements, adding people constantly approach her with demands for clean air for their children.

The environmental requirements have been agreed on and alligned with the European Commission, which is to send shortly extensive questionnaires for the TPPs.

If it is established that the country as whole is bellow the allowed threshold for sulfur dioxide emissions, some compromise is possible, under certain conditions, especially the quality of the atmosphere, Kardazhova explains.

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Tags: Nona Karadzhova, TPP, environment, sulfur dioxide, clean air, pollution


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