EIA report on Krabi coal port, plant rejected

THE ENVIRONMENTAL impact assessment (EIA) report on the Klong Rua coal seaport and coal-fired power plant project in Krabi province was rejected yesterday amid pressure from the Protect Krabi Network.

The panel of experts reviewing the report said the report was misleading and incomplete. However, the network was not pleased with the result as their goal was to have the authorities drop this project entirely, as well reform the environment and health impact assessment process.

Thai marchers oppose coal power plants, call for EIA reform

The 13km march started from the Pollution Control Department to the Mahidol University's Faculty of Public Health and ended at Chulalongkorn University.

The group also visited the offices of four members of the expert panel picked by the National Environment Board (NEB) to review the environmental impact assessment for the proposed Klong Ruo Coal Seaport, in Krabi, ahead of a review meeting this Friday.

Another walk is planned tomorrow to visit the remaining four members.

Villagers fear Chinese firm will reopen “polluting” power plant

Villagers from Tikyit in Pinlaung are concerned that a Chinese company will resume operations at a coal-fired power plant in the village, sources say.

A villager, Sai Than Win, said: “We heard that a Chinese company won the tender to run the coal-fired power plant which has not operated since September. We want the government to stop it permanently. When the plant was operating, we smelt saltpetre all the time. It can damage our health. The drinking water became contaminated. When the plant stopped operating, so did the foul smell.”

KPT’s coal handling wreaks havoc on public health, environment

Enveloped in dark dust, the entire place with blackened streets, shops, mosques, historical buildings and other infrastructure was an evidence how the pollutant had ruined the port area once thriving with business and tourist activities.

“Look at our faces and clothes. Can you believe that I had worn a clean dress in the morning?” said a fruit vendor, pointing to his clothes.

According to another person, the number of people suffering from respiratory diseases in the locality had increased dramatically over the past 10 to 12 years when the coal terminal had started its operation.

In Nagpur, pollution too joins the agenda in polls

Ever heard of pollution being the main election issue in a constituency? It is, if you are a resident of Chandrapur in Nagpur which happens to be the most polluted cities in the country. It's so bad that in many areas of Chandrapur people don't wear white clothes.

"The pollution that is spewed from the coal based power plants and the coal mines is so severe that your white shirt becomes black within half an hour of you stepping out of your house." said Vikas Raipure a resident of Urjanagar in Chandrapur.

Thai court orders Egat to clean up Mae Moh

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) should pay compensation to local people suffering from air pollution from the Mae Moh coal-fired power plant in Lampang province, said a Supreme Administrative court judge.

The Egat should also come up with plans to rehabilitate the environment in areas affected by the power plant, Judge Sumeth Deuisres who is in charge of the Mae Moh pollution case, said yesterday.

He was giving his opinion at the end of the case's hearing, which was filed by a group of Mae Moh villagers affected by pollution from the power plant.