The Association of Cities for the Environment Sharon Carmel submitted objections to the renewal of the emission permit for the Orot Rabin power station. The objections come after the Ministry of Environmental Protection recently published a draft renewal of the power plant's emission permit for public comment.
The emission permit determines the nature and conditions under which the station will operate over the next seven years, including the length of time the station will operate, the amount of energy – electricity that will be supplied from it, and the amount of pollutants that the station will emit.
As a result, on Thursday, the Sharon Carmel Association of Cities for the Environment submitted objections in cooperation with its 19 member municipalities, which are home to about one million people. According to the union, the Orot Rabin power plant is the most polluting plant in Israel. As data from the Ministry of Environmental Protection has shown for years.
The power station in Hadera, photo: Partosh
Tens of thousands of tons of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulates and greenhouse gases are emitted from the power plant each year – direct products of coal electricity production, coal transportation and ongoing operations. Six coal-fired power generation units operate at this station, four of which, units 1-4, are very outdated from the 80s, and do not have a treatment system for gaseous pollutants (nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide). The other two units at Orot Rabin Power Station 5-6 are larger and newer and have acquirers used to reduce emissions of pollutants.
A 2018 Ministry of Health report determined that men in Hadera were defined as having significantly higher rates of lung cancer than the general population (16%) Prof. Grotto of the Ministry of Health determined that 50 people die each year as a result of the pollution, and that failure to close units 1-4 will add to morbidity related to air pollution and excess mortality in the union area.
Nir Sahar, the association's CEO, said, "While the world has advanced to the use of renewable energies, Israel is finding it difficult to say goodbye to the polluting coal – through which electricity is produced at the Orot Rabin power station, and switch instead to means that are friendlier to humans and the environment."
Hadera Power Station "Orot Rabin",
In July 2018, the government decided that the ongoing operation of polluting coal production units 1-4 will end by 01.06.2022, in parallel with the construction of two new units 2-7 that are supposed to operate using natural gas. However, in October 8, IEC announced that it would not be able to meet its target and that the coal-fired units would continue to operate beyond June 2021. After repeated postponements, as of today, there is no expectation of closing units 2022-1, and infection and morbidity and death continue at any moment.
The Sharon Carmel Association of Cities for the Environment has been waging a struggle for several years to close the units. The operation of units 1-4 at this time is carried out by virtue of a decision made to operate the stations in a state of emergency, but the essence of this state of emergency has not been defined, and according to the Israel Electric Corporation, an emergency is also an emergency-energy, meaning high consumption of electricity, thus in fact the units are operated almost continuously throughout the year and even intensified during the hot months and winter months.
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