Polish power station SO2 caps "unachievable"

Environment ministry proposes eight-year delay in timetable for meeting accession treaty commitments

Poland cannot practically reduce sulphur dioxide emissions from fossil-fuelled power stations in line with its EU accession treaty commitments, the country's environment ministry has stated. Attempting to hit the target could cause "serious" economic consequences and threaten national energy security, it claims.

The treaty affords Poland a special derogation until 2015 before 32 named power stations have to comply with stricter SO2 emission limit values. In the interim, it sets caps on total SO2 emissions from all power stations: 454,000 tonnes annually by 2008 falling to 426,000 tonnes by 2010 and then 358,000 tonnes by 2012.

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