COAL POWER: HOW COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS THREATEN THE HEALTH OF INDONESIANS - a report from Greenpeace
Environmental NGO Greenpeace has released a report slamming the effects of Indonesia’s coal power plants and calling on the country to move toward more sustainable methods of generating power. The report includes a dire health warning for the communities and environment around the plants.
The report suggests air pollution from the plants causes 6,500 deaths in Indonesia every year, and that each large new power plant commissioned (1000 MW capacity) is expected to result, on average, in the death of 600 Indonesians every year.
In a press release with the report, Greenpeace said:
"Indonesia has dozens of coal-fired power plants that emit hundreds of thousands of tonnes of pollution every year. These power plants fill the air with toxic pollutants, including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and tiny toxic particles that go deep into people’s lungs.
Air pollution is responsible for over three million premature deaths globally every year. This pollution leads to an increased risk of lung cancer, stroke, heart diseases, and respiratory diseases. Coal burning is one of the biggest contributors to this pollution.
The findings in this report are based on research done at Harvard University on the health impacts of air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Indonesia."
The report offers a number of recommendations to the energy sector, including stronger monitoring of emissions and violations of environmental standards and the shutting down of plants which fail to meet these standards.
The full report can be accessed here: http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/id/press/reports/Harvards-Research-Result-Human-Cost-of-Coal-Indonesia/