Coal power plant in Bulgaria is polluting rivers • Water News Europe - News EU water sector
The Struma River and its tributaries Rilska and German are again polluted by the coal power plant Bobov Dol in the West of Bulgaria. Inspectors in Sofia located the source of the pollution after a notification from fishermen. The waters are cloudy, with a specific gray-black colour. At this moment the pollutants have not yet been identified.
The pollution of the Struma River occurred through the river Razmetanitsa, a right tributary of the German River, which is a left tributary of the Struma River, which discharges wastewater from the activities of the coal power station Bobov Dol. In this case, the waters of the rivers Razmetanitsa, German, and the Struma are polluted by the discharge of wastewater from the thermal power station Bobov Dol, with extremely high content of pollutants that have not yet been identified.
Meanwhile, the Executive Environment Agency (EEA) at the Ministry of Environment and Water has started reviewing and updating the complex permit of the thermal power station Bobov Dol. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environment and Water Borislav Sandov after a surprise visit stated: “The purpose of the procedure is to introduce new requirements and conditions in the permit to ensure compliance with the norms, and the request to the EEA was made by the controlling units of the Ministry of Environment and Water – Regional environmental inspections and the Water Directorate in Blagoevgrad.”