Europe's dirtiest power plant faces novel legal challenge

Lawyers are seeking to force a gigantic coal power station in Poland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions or close, by arguing its impact on the environment is damaging a common good

Lawyers are seeking to force a gigantic lignite-fired power station, Belchatów, to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions or close, by arguing its impact on the environment is damaging a common good protected under civil law.

“This is a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, seeking to hold coal plant operators to account for the direct impact their operations have on the planet and the surrounding environment,” said Marcin Stoczkiewicz from environmental legal group ClientEarth.

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