Poland's Turow mine and power plant to keep operating, PM says

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A cooling tower from the Turow coal-fired power plant is seen near the Turow open-pit coal mine operated by the company PGE in Bogatynia, Poland, June 15, 2021. REUTERS/David W Cerny

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WARSAW, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Poland's Turow open-pit lignite mine and power plant will continue to operate despite Europe's top court ordering the government to pay a daily fine for operating, Poland's prime minister said on Tuesday.

The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ordered Poland to pay a daily penalty of 500,000 euros ($586,700) to the European Commission for not halting operations at Turow, in violation of an earlier court ruling. read more

The Czech government launched a lawsuit against Poland saying the mine's expansion was damaging communities on its side of their border.

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The Polish government argues the mine and nearby power plant, both operated by PGE (PGE.WA), are crucial for energy security with the plant responsible for as much as 7% of Poland's energy output.

"This decision (of the EU's top court) is totally wrong...We do not plan to stop operations of the Turow mine and energy power plant," Morawiecki told a news conference.

"We will use all legal and any other possibilities to prove non-proportionality (of the decision)," he added without elaborating.

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