EU blasts Crete energy plant

The European Court of Justice found Greece guilty yesterday of failing to take adequate measures to protect the environment from the pollution caused by an electricity plant on the island of Crete. The court agreed with the European Commission that Greece breached EU guidelines by not preparing or implementing policies that allow for the plant to adjust to the best available technology. The electricity plant is located at Linoperasmata and is owned by the Public Power Corporation. Although the court recognized that Greece had taken some steps to reduce pollution created by the plant, it said the country did not have a complete strategy in place. The court rejected Greece’s excuse that it cost too much to make the electricity plant more environmentally friendly. The court said the economic condition of PPC, which has 6.7 million customers, does not support this argument.

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