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Meralco Gen umiskor sa DENR

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Tila naisahan umano ng Meralco ang pamunuan ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) matapos pagkalooban ang pag-aari nitong Atimonan One Energy o mas kilalang AIE ng Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) sa kabila nang maraming pag­labag nito sa kalikasan.

Ayon kay Gerard Arances ng Center for Energy, Environment and Development Inc. (CEED), ang A1E, na umano’y ‘fully owned subsidiary’ ng Meralco power generation arm (MGen), ay ‘proponent’ ng kontrobersyal na 1,200 MW coal-fired power plant project sa Villa Ibaba, Atimonan in Quezon Province.

“We ask the DENR to take up its role in pursuing a much cleaner energy sector wherein there is no space for environmentally destructive projects, and no tolerance for a project whose proponents are so intent on pursuing their interests that they will evade regulations and inhibit stakeholders’ capacity to raise questions,” saad nito. “How can one such project be environmentally compliant?” giit pa ni Arances.

Nabatid naman kay Atty. Bernardo Gregorio, legal counsel ng P4P, base aniya sa certified true copies ng mga permit na inisyu ng Forest Management Bureau (FMB) at Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Region 4-A, sa pagpuputol ng puno ay kinakailangang maglagay ng mga placard ang AIE.

“The tree-cutting and earth-balling permits from FMB require A1E to put up placards in a conspicuous place to inform stakeholders that land clearing is authorized by DENR.