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.

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.”

Power company vows to comply with Ilocos Norte ordinance

After failing to construct a landing ramp in the coastal village of Bayog, this town, the Northwind Power Development Corp., now on the third phase of constructing six additional wind turbines along the Bangui Bay, a wind power farm is set to post a bond to comply with Ilocos Norte’s newly-approved ordinance mandating all business investors to submit a detailed list of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects prior to endorsement.

Ayutthaya to relocate huge garbage pile

Around 400,000 tonnes of putrid garbage rotting in a dump managed by Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya municipality will be shifted to a new large landfill site within a year.

Management of the rapidly accumulating heap of refuse in the municipality is an urgent project that must be addressed, provincial governor Wittaya Piewpong said on Wednesday.

He said Ayutthaya was among the top 10 provinces with the highest amount of garbage in the country.

Locals sue to revoke power plant licence

VILLAGERS FROM Prachin Buri's Kabin Buri district yesterday filed a lawsuit with the Central Administrative Court to revoke the licence of a biomass power plant planned by KS Marketing International in tambon Khao Mai Kaew.

They claimed related agencies had abused their authority in issuing the licence because the area was reserved for conservation and could not be the site for a power plant.

Khon Kaen plans power plant to munch trash mountains

IN A BID to prevent a repeat of the damage wrought by the Praek Sa garbage-dump fire in Samut Prakan last month, Khon Kaen City Hall has placed two fire engines on a round-the-clock watch at the city's main dump and banned smoking near its 800,000 tonnes of garbage.

The municipality also has plans for long-term disposal measures, including a garbage-fed electricity-generating plant to be built in May, says Mayor Theerasak Theethaphan.

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.