Coal plant DEIA rejected
Kota Kinabalu, Aug 19, 2010: The Department of Environment (DOE) has
rejected the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) for the
controversial proposed 300MW coal-fired power plant at Sinakut, Dent
Sabah Environment Protection Department Director, Yabi Yangkat, said he
was informed of the decision by the Director-General of DOE through a
faxed message Wednesday afternoon.
A central reason DOE cited for rejecting the DEIA, prepared by a team of
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Bakarunding consultants, was many
important environmental parameters in respect to the proposed project were
not addressed in the DEIA report, according to Yabi.
He said the DOE took note of the range of shortcomings and queries raised
at the DEIA Panel of Review meeting on August 27 at the Kedah Room,
Federal Building, here.
Present at the meeting were Yabi himself, Permanent Secretary to the
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment, Datuk Susannah Liau,
representatives of other State agencies such as Dr Laurentius Ambu
(Director of Wildlife Department) and his senior staff, senior Fisheries
Department officers, Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Assistant
Director of Town and Regional Planning, Eleanor Wong, Ports and Harbour,
Lahad Datu District Office, DOE Sabah officers, Omar Kadir of Malaysian
Nature Society, WWF-Malaysia representatives, primatologist Dr Marc
Acrenaz of Hutan, Sabah Environmental Protection Association (Sepa)
President Wong Tack, Charles Chow and Gary Yap of Sepa Sandakan and Tawau,
in addition to a slew of UKM Bakarunding consultant members and Lahad Datu
Energy senior managers.