A polluting coal-fired power plant in West Java, Indonesia, applied for permission to expand its operations at Cirebon.
ELAW partners write with good news:
The permit to expand has been revoked!
Since the power station opened in 2012, fishing communities have complained about the impact of coal plant emissions on community health and local fisheries.
A press release from WALHI/Friends of the Earth Indonesia states:
"Nearly all of the local villagers depend on coastal based natural resources as their source of livelihood. The damage and environmental destruction caused by the first power plant has adversely impacted health of the local people and local livelihoods, and it will worsen with the expansion."
ELAW partners called on ELAW Staff Scientist Dr. Mark Chernaik to analyze the project's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Mark prepared an expert statement which the court accepted as evidence. His statement described deficiencies in the EIA tied to air quality, external costs of CO2 emissions, and impacts to marine life by getting sucked into the power plant's cooling system.
ELAW partners expressed their deep appreciation for the report, explaining that it not only helped the Cirebon case, but set up a model EIA assessment process for future cases.
The provincial government which issued the permit has 14 days to appeal the decision.
We will keep you informed of our progress protecting communities and fisheries from polluting coal-fired power plants.
For more information, see:
WALHI, April 20, 2017
Court orders government to revoke Cirebon coal power plant permit
Endcoal, April 19, 2017
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ELAW Communications Director