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Egat insists on going ahead with Thepa plant

Date of Release: 
Aug 25 2016

CONSTRUCTION of the Thepa coal-fired power plant is set to begin in the second quarter of next year, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) said, even though many locals have refused to sell their land despite facing threats.

Egat has so far insisted that it will build the 2,200-megawatt power plant in Songkhla's Thepa district, despite strong protests from local people. The Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) for both the plant and coal transport has also not been approved by the Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning Office (ONEP).

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Plan to cap EIA/EHIA process to under a year 'would guarantee problems'

Date of Release: 
Dec 8 2015

Academics are concerned about reports the government plans to shorten the time span permitted for environmental and health impact assessments.

Reducing the study time for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Environmental Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) would lower the quality of such studies, they said.

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Krabi EIA on hold for clean tech study

Date of Release: 
Aug 11 2015

The tripartite panel considering the fate of the coal-fired power plant proposed for Krabi must reach a conclusion before the project's environment and health impact assessment is considered, says the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (Onep).

Raweewan Bhuridej, Onep's acting secretary-general, yesterday confirmed the office will suspend considering the EHIA until the panel has done its work.

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