Effects of coal mining in Bulgaria

For years Pernik, in southwestern Bulgaria, has topped the charts for the city with the highest air pollution in the EU. People suffer diseases and complain about the high levels of particulate matter in the atmosphere, but still continue to burn the cheap local “kyumyur” coal in winter. Bulgarian journalist Dimitar Sabev has investigated the impact of ill-regulated coal mining on life in Pernik. The city, famous for its metallurgy, suffocates in smoke while ghostly concessionaires trample the law and pocket millions, writes Sabev. Locals say that there are at least 300 colliery holes in the abandoned mines in the outskirts of the city.

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