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2009 Nov 29 - Groups express concern over report on coal-fired plant

Groups express concern over report on coal-fired plant

KOTA KINABALU, Nov 29, 2009: An initial environmental report on a proposed 300mW coal fired plant on the state's east coast has drawn concern from various Sabah groups, who say it is full of shortcomings.

Among others, the Terms of Reference for the project at the Felda Sahabat scheme appears to have ignored the long-term impact of the coal plant's emissions into the pristine Darvel Bay.

This is especially important as several kilometres away from the proposed coal plant site in the bay is a sea grass area that is the habitat for the endangered dugong or sea cow.

Sabah Environmental Protection Association president Wong Tack said this was one of the findings at a first review conducted on the project's Terms of Reference at the Department of Environment in Putrajaya on Nov 24.

"The Terms of Reference showed there was no study carried out on the cumulative effects of the coal plant emissions over a five to 15-year period.

"What is ironic is that the Darvel Bay is within the Coral Triangle Initiative which Malaysia has pledged to conserve," he said here Sunday.

The Prime Minister had attended the summit on the Coral Triangle Initiative, dubbed the "Amazon of the Oceans," in May and pledged USD1mil (RM3.4mil) to its protection.

Wong said at the review, state government officials had also voiced concerns that the emissions could have adverse impact on the Tun Sakaran marine park and world renowned diving haven of Pulau Sipadan over the long term.

He said the Terms of Reference was also drawn up based on climate conditions in the Tawau district - more than 200km away - and not within the Tengku area, the proposed site for the coal plant.

Wong said this was critical as the Tabin Wildlife Conservation area - home to Borneo Pygmy elephants, rhinos, orang utan and sun bears - was just 20km away.

He claimed that the consultants responsible for the Terms of Reference appeared not to have obtained feedback from state officials nor explored any alternative to the coal plant.

"Yet, we have a natural gas fired plant in Kimanis coming up and while a 300mW biomass power plant is not practical, it doesn't mean we can't have such smaller plants in the various districts," he added.

Wong was among three Sepa representatives at the review that was also attended by officials from the Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, Wildlife, state Environmental Protection, Forestry, Fisheries and Health Departments as well as Sabah Parks and the Lahad Datu district office.

Sepa was also representing Green Surf, which is a coalition of various groups including WWF-Sabah, Malaysian Nature Society, Land Empowerment, Animal and People, and Pacos Trust, at the review.


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SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

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