Bulgarian Minister of Environment and Water Neno Dimov said that the operators of coal-fired thermal power plants in Maritza East complex may obtain a derogation from the levels of harmful emissions set out in the Best Available Techniques Reference Document for large combustion plants.
Minister Dimov said that the application for derogation should be based on a cost-benefit analysis which confirms that the implementation of the document will involve costs that are disproportionate to the environmental benefits due to one of the three reasons: geographic location, environment features of the region and technical characteristics of the facility. Regardless of the cost-benefit analysis, under the regulatory framework the permits should set out emission levels which won’t cause significant environmental pollution and will conserve the environment.
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