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.

China waste plant protest in Hangzhou 'injures dozens'

The violence broke out on Saturday in Yuhang district of Hangzhou city, in the eastern province of Zhejiang. The injured included 29 police officers.

Local authorities say the project will not go ahead without public support.

Tens of thousands of protests are held in China every year, mostly against pollution, corruption and land grabs.

Last month, state media reported that 18 people were detained after massive demonstrations against plans for a chemical plant in Maoming, in the southern province of Guangdong.

China Maoming environmental protest violence condemned

Residents in Maoming, Guangdong province, on Sunday protested against the construction of a petrochemical plant that manufactures paraxylene.

Violence broke out, with reports of several injured protesters. On Tuesday, the protests spread to Guangzhou.

Protests are rare in China, where it is illegal to protest without a permit.

Hundreds of Maoming residents marched on the streets on Sunday, protesting against the proposed plant. Some protesters said turnout was more than 1,000.