Industrial Air Pollution and the Permitting Procedure of three thermal Power Stations of the Public Power Corporation (P.P.C.) S.A. in Greece

The three thermal Power Stations of the Public Power Corporation (P.P.C.) S.A. located in the Prefecture of Kozani caused significant air pollution problem due to their operation. This paper presents the Greek Ombudsman’s (GO), investigation for the legality of the Plants operation framework up to the end of 2005. Three main problems were revealed during the investigation. i. Air pollutant (and especially PM-10) emissions were above the admissible level on a systematic basis. ii. The power stations approved environmental terms had expired since 2002 and no renewal had taken place. Thus the industries operation was illegal. The issue was that the new environmental terms approval was delayed, because P.P.C. could not implement the Best Available Techniques that should have been incorporated in the terms decisions, according to the IPPC (96/61/EC) Directive requirements. iii. The three industries operation license was very close to expire and no progress was made on its renewal.

In the past, the P.P.C. Power Plants in Greece obtained a unified temporary operation license, through a statutory provision (Law2941/01) which was against the Greek Constitution. The Ministry of Development was responsible for the delay of the permitting procedure and the proposal of this Law. The GO sent his final report to the Ministers in charge, with specific proposals regarding the permitting procedure as well as the necessity to comply with the relative Directives on controlling emissions from such kind of Plants, protecting the environment and human health.

Copyright: © Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Source: 2nd International Conference 2009 (Juni 2009)
Pages: 5
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Autor: C.D. Fliatoura

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