Environmental impact of lignite mining may persist for 300 years
The effects of lignite mining on the water supply of the Rhenish area in western Germany will be felt for another 300 years, according to an expert report by German utility RWE, writes public broadcaster WDR. RWE has allocated 165 million euros to repair damages like dried-up marshlands, lowering of the ground water level, and pollution of drinking water. Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) says this amount is not enough, writes WDR.
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