President orders temporary shutdown of aged coal power plants to reduce fine dust

SEOUL-- President Moon Jae-in ordered a temporary shutdown of aged coal power plants Monday in an unprecedented move to fight air pollution.

Under the order, eight coal fired thermal power plants that are aged 30 years or older will be closed for 30 days starting June 1, according to the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Coal burning is a key source of emission of fine dust, which coupled with yellow dust largely originating from China, is increasingly becoming a health hazard here.

Currently, there are 10 coal fired power plants in the country, but two of them have been excluded from the temporary shutdown this year due to a possible shortage of power supplies in areas they are located, a Cheong Wa Dae official said.

However, starting next year, all 10 aged thermal power plants will be ordered to close for four months from March each year.

"The president plans to (permanently) close all 10 aged power plants within his term and do it as soon as possible," Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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