The highest in Europe air pollution with sulfur dioxide and fine dust particles per produced kWh of electricity has been registered in Bulgaria, according to the Bulgarian office of the international eco-organization Greenpeace.
Greenpeace cited Monday their own research report.
According to the report, over 2000 people in Bulgaria die prematurely due to air pollution from Thermal Power Plants, TPPs. The number of victims of TPP coal burning exceed four times the number of traffic fatalities in the country. Over 3000 adults and 2600 children suffer from respiratory diseases, and another 3700 experience reduced job performance. 2000 are on sick leave every day over the problem.
“Prolonged exposure to air pollution from coal heating significantly increases the risk of chronic diseases of the cardiovascular system, the respiratory tract, as well as malignant diseases,” said Filka Sekulova, PhD of Economic Ecology from the University of Barcelona and member of the environmental organization, cited by Nova TV.
Greenpeace warned about an increase in the number of people with cancer in the region of Stara Zagora in recent years, which is designated in the report as the most problematic spot.