Pa'O Youth Organization
EMBARGOED FOR JANUARY 20, 2010
Burma’s largest coal mine and coal-fired power plant, located thirteen miles from Burma’s famous Inle Lake in Shan State, are polluting waterways, threatening the health of local populations, and displacing villages, according to a report released today.
The report, Poison Clouds by local Pa-Oh researchers, exposes how up to two thousand tons of lignite, the most polluting type of coal, are being extracted per day from a massive open cast mine at Tigyit village. The coal is burned at the nearby power plant which produces 100-150 tons of toxic fly ash daily.
Dump piles from the mine are now towering above the homes of 3,000 people, blocking streams and contaminating fields. Dust and emissions, including from...