Coal thermal power stations of Ukraine are polluting air more than all EU countries, Turkey and Western Balkans together. The dirtiest power station in Europe is still Burshtyn thermal power station as Ekodiya reported.
According to the organization, Ukraine produces 72% of all emissions of pozzolanic ash in Europe, 27% of dioxide sulfur, and 16% of nitrogen oxide.
“Being the largest contaminator of Europe is a doubtful achievement. The use of coal is not an economic burden for the state but it also creates huge risks for the health and life of our citizens,” the message says.
The organization also notes that among TOP10 power stations with the largest emissions of pozzolanic ash, eight of them owned by Ukraine. They include Kurakhove, Burshtyn, Trypilya, Luhansk, Zmiivska, Vuglehirska, Slavyanska, and Ladyzhenska power stations.
All of them were put in service in the 60-70s of the last century. 18 Ukrainian thermal power stations enter TOP30 on these emissions. Meanwhile, the small particles of ash in the polluted air are the reason for 80% of pre-terminal deaths tied with the emissions of the coal power stations in Europe.
It is noted that since Ukraine joined the Agreement on Energy Union in 2011, any of the Ukrainian thermal power stations were brought into compliance with the demands of the EU Directive on emissions.
As we reported, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) observes the deplorable state of natural resources and the environment in Ukraine while no research on the possible extinction of some species of animals and plants is being conducted.