Bosnia and Herzegovina (‘BiH’) is among the countries in Europe most affected by pollution from coal-fired power plants. Yet, it’s one of the few were new coal-fired units are still being planned, with the potential to affect air quality and public health for decades.
This study assessed the impacts of two proposed coal power projects, in Tuzla and Banovići. The emissions from these plants, if built and operated, would impose substantial harm on public health, including a projected 30 premature deaths per year (95% confidence interval: 20 to 47), as well as 7,600 days of sick leave, 470 asthma attacks in children and 25 hospitalizations per year, and 40 children suffering from bronchitis. If the plants operate for 30 years, the projected cumulative health impact would be 960 premature deaths.