Environmentalists raise heat over coal power plant emissions
- Sep 24, 2018 3:24 pm GMT
The Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai has been without a crucial environmental protection device for almost a month, resulting in the plant releasing sulphur dioxide levels above the national legal limit, environmentalists charge. The
The flue-gas desulphurizer (FGD) in Unit 2 of the 900 Megawatt plant has been out of action since
The Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) issued to the plant by the
By operating without an FGD, the plant also violates the agreement signed between the
Saman Lenaduwa, Acting Director of WEPA, told the Sunday Times they were currently reviewing their data from the plant. The plant's management had claimed that the sulphur dioxide emissions were still within the legal limit as it was using 'low sulphur coal.' Mr Lenaduwa said the plant had complied with some of the conditions that had been laid down to renew its EPL. 'We will analyse the data from the plant to check the sulphur levels for ourselves. We have also instructed them to repair the FGD,' he added.
CEB Media Spokesman
'If they can meet the standards without the FGD, there's no need to ask for 99 percent efficiency and a seven day shutdown window in the agreement, nor should the CEB agree to it,' countered the environmentalist.
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