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Poland’s major new coal plant will never be built following Supreme Court ruling

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World Coal,

Poland’s long-contested Polnoc power plant will never be built, the Polish Supreme Administrative Court ruled on 19 June.

The decision, which concludes years of protest by local people and environmental organisations, is a major blow for Polish coal in a time of increasing uncertainty.

Company Polenergia had planned to construct the coal power plant in Pelplin, Pomerania – a fertile farming region in Northern Poland, near Gdansk.

Prompted by a complaint by environmental lawyers ClientEarth, the Pomeranian regional authority cancelled the original permit on that basis, but the company appealed. This triggered a multi-year legal battle, escalating through Poland’s court system.

More than 60 farmers joined the case over its duration.

On 19 June, Poland’s Supreme Administrative Court issued the final decision and blocked the project once and for all.

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