Around 6,000 people will be the victims of premature deaths and 24,000 babies will be born underweight if the coal-fired thermal power plant project is implemented in Rampal, said a study report.
It will happen during the 40 years lifetime of the power plant, according to the study report released by Greenpeace, a global environmental organisation, today.
“This would happen even if Bangladesh currently had zero air pollution,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, coal and air pollution specialist of Greenpeace, via Skype from Myanmar.
National Committee to Protect the Sundarbans (NCPS), Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) and Doctors for Health and Environment (DHE) organised a press conference for launching the study report at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
Greenpeace came up with the new study that says the coal-fired power plant at Rampal upazila in Bagerhat will increase 24-hour average ambient levels of nitrogen dioxide in nearby localities which is up to 25 percent over the current national urban average and sulphur oxide levels up to 50 percent over the urban average.
“Emission limits for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, dust and mercury, as specified in the tender documents, are five to ten times higher than the best regulatory practice and technical state-of-the-art emission levels,” it added.
source: Daily star