JULY 25 2012 20:30h

Green activists make outspoken statement against coal-based Plomin plant

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The Zelena Lista environmentalist nongovernmental organisation on Wednesday reiterated its vociferous opposition to the government's decision to give a go-ahead to the plan to build a coal-based thermal power plant in the Istrian town of Plomin although Deputy Prime Minister Radimir Cacic pledged that this 800-million-euro project would have the highest environment protection standards.

In its strong-worded statement, the NGO accused Cacic of being a big-headed tycoon and of having opted for the coal-based thermal plant despite analyses, studies and other arguments as well as the global experience and common sense.

The NGO also criticises Environment Minister Mihael Zmajlovic of giving in to Minister Cacic. The Greens raised the question whether it would be normal to "import coal from the other end of the world (for Plomin plant), while the environmentally friendly gas is running through a pipeline passing near Plomin."

The coal-based thermal power plant called Plomin C with power of 500 MW will replace the existing power plant Plomin 1 with power of 125 MW. (Hina)