Appeal to the Council of State against the gas power station project in the Awirs

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The citizens’ movement “Dégaze / Tegengas” filed on Friday an appeal with the Council of State to cancel the single permit for a fossil gas power plant in Awirs (Flémalle, province of Liège), the movement said in a press release.

The leaders of the movement ask the authorities to respect the government’s general policy statement, which highlights the importance of ecological transition, as well as the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in terms of CO2 emissions.

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“We are now taking matters into our own hands”

“The climatic ravages of last summer are still being repaired in the province of Liège, and yet our governments are making it easier to build new fossil-fueled power plants in the region. Our house is on fire and our governments are pouring gasoline on the fire. As citizens, we are now taking matters into our own hands by putting legal sticks in the wheels of these irresponsible government decisions, ”explained Gert-Jan Vanaken, spokesperson for Dégaze / Tegengas in a press release.

With local residents, “Dégaze” appeals against the negative impact on the climate and local environmental pollution, such as the emission of nitrogen oxides and ammonia. “There are more than enough clean energy sources to generate electricity. The inhabitants of the Meuse valley of Liège refuse to return to the air pollution of the era of steel and coal, ”said Léo Tubbax, a member of the citizens’ movement, in the press release.

This appeal procedure is in addition to that of Vilvoorde, which calls into question two important projects of Engie-Electrabel. The citizens’ movement claims that the company has received nearly one billion euros in federal subsidies for its two fossil gas power plants.

Eight new gas-fired power stations are planned in Belgium, four in Flanders and four in Wallonia. The collective calls for the abandonment of these constructions as well as the complete phase-out of nuclear power by 2025.

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