300 Iranians afflicted with cancer due to Shazand power plant pollutions

Photo: 300 Iranians afflicted with cancer due to Shazand power plant pollutions / Iran

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 9 / Trend F.Mehdi/

Three hundred people have been afflicted with cancer in Iran's central Markazi province due to Shazand power plant pollutions, ISNA quoted MP Mohammad-Hassan Asafari as saying.

Air in the city of Arak, which is the capital city of Markazi province, is polluted 250 days in a year.

"This is just due to the operation of the Shazand power plant, but and there is no commitment to remove the pollution in the city," he added.

Although the Constitution has paid due attention to the issue of environment protection, but the Department of Environment does not heed the issue of pollution, he noted.

The situation with cancer related diseases in Iran has reached alarming levels, as country's National Network for Health Policy reported in September.

According to the report, the cancer related problems in the country have increased, as cancer related diseases will develop more in the next 10 years.

The report says that this year about 90,000 cancer affected people have been registered, while 3 years ago this figure was 70,000.

The Shazand power plant operates using about 6 million litres of fuel per day, throwing out approximately some 450 tons of various emissions such as sulfur, carbon and others.

Edited by: S. Isayev

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