Letter to the Prime Minister of Poland
Together with Health and Environment Alliance we issued a letter concerning standards for carbon to the prime minister of Poland.
In the ongoing debate in today Poland on the introduction of quality standards for carbon much is being said about the potential economic consequences of such a step for the Polish mines. While the fact that the introduction of appropriate quality standards for carbon is a prerequisite for improving air quality in our country is completely ignored.
Poland has the most polluted air in the EU, and the main source of this problem is the the fact that houses are usually heated with coal, often of very poor quality. "As a result of the combustion of low quality coal not only large amounts of dust are emitted to the air, but also carcinogenic and mutagenic - benzo[a]pyrene, dioxins, furans. The same materials are released during incineration of waste. Therefore, only the elimination of sludge from the household market is the solution to improve air quality in Poland. "- says Andrzej Guła from the Krakow Smog Alert.
Because of the air pollution every year in our country prematurely die 45 000 people, that is 10 times more than in car accidents. "One in ten deaths in our country is caused by the poor air quality. Exposure to pollution increases the risk of incidence of respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD and cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension or ischemic heart disease. Air pollution not only shortens the life of the Polish people, but also burdens the state budget because most of the diseases associated with exposure to pollution are chronic. The establishment of minimum parameters for the quality of fuels burned in homes will contribute to the improvement of public health in Poland "- says Łukasz Adamkiewicz from the Health and Environment Alliance.