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Micronesia Continues to Fight Against the Czech Power Plant

By Miroslav Kucera     Jan 6, 2010 in Environment
The Czech Government received an official letter from Micronesia with comments on the extension project of the Czech coal power plant Prunerov on Tuesday, 5 January.
Micronesia expressed the interest to participate in the assessment of the project in December because the Pacific state feels threatened by rising ocean levels.
Tuesday, 5 January, the Czech Environment Ministry decided to postpone the final decision on the upgrade project of the biggest coal power plant in the Czech Republic. The spokesman, Petra Roubickova, said that there was no link between the adjourned decision and the second letter from Micronesia.
The project of modernization includes complete replacement of the three current steam boilers with a focus to reduce emissions. Greenpeace refuses the extension of the power plant operation with an explanation that the owner of this power plant does not intend to use the best available technology. The company CEZ, owner of the power plant, plans to produce the electric power in this plant for at least the next 25 years.
According to Greenpeace the power plant Prunerov is the eighteenth largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the world. The plant's emissions are about 10 million tones of carbon dioxide which is more than the total yearly emissions of all cars in the Czech Republic and exceeds 40 times the annual emissions of Micronesia.
It is expected that the ministry will draw a conclusion in the next few days.
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