Two Ghost Towns Near Greece's Worst-Polluting Power Plants

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The Green ReportThe power plants of Kardia and Agios Dimitrios are the two biggest in Greece. Together, they produce 70 percent of Greece's electricity. According to WWF (formerly the World Wildlife Fund), the two plants are the top two most polluting in all of the European Union. They are located in the near the city of Kozani, about 300 miles north of Athens. Greece's Public Power Coroporation bought the neighboring towns of Charavgi and Kleitos and have relocated residents. The only person still living in Kleitos is Jangdip Pal, an Indian immigrant who works as a security guard at the nearby lignite mine. A shepherd and his family continue to live in Charavgi.


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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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