PRAGUE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Czech government balked at
joining Poland and Bulgaria in an appeal against a European
Commission decision to impose stricter limits on toxic
pollutants emitted by coal-fired plants, the environment
minister said on Wednesday.
Bulgaria this month said it would back Poland in the appeal,
arguing the new rules pose risks to energy security and economic
The Czech Republic relies on coal for half of its
electricity production. CTK news agency reported on Tuesday that
the industry ministry had recommended joining the appeal.
Environment Minister Richard Brabec said, however, the
appeal had little chance of success and the government had
decided against participating.
"The decision means we will not join any attempt to soften
these limits," he told reporters after a government meeting.
"We are convinced there is no hope for the suit to succeed,
not even from the legal aspect, but the ecological aspect is
The EU decision taken last year imposes stricter limits on
emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide,
mercury and particulate matter from large combustion plants in
Poland, which relies heavily on coal for power generation,
has vowed to stick to the fossil fuel despite the EU's
(Reporting by Jason Hovet; Editing by Dale Hudson)
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