Thai biomass power plant ordered to close

A biomass power plant in northern Thailand has had its license revoked by the provincial authorities.

The Administrative Court of Chiang Rai province took the action this week after it was found that the plant had been built without approval.
The court ruled against the husk-fired factory of Phalang-ngan Sa-ard Dee 2 Co in in the Wiang Chai district of Chiang Rai.

According to the ruling, the project needed to undergo a public hearing in compliance with the constitution because it may have adverse impacts on local people.

There was a public hearing organised by the company, and not by a governmental organisation. The hearing drew only 1,239 people - only 16% of 7,756 affected residents.

In addition, the tambon Wiang Nua council had not approved the power plant's construction and another plant operated by owners Mungcharian Green Power Co in Surin province proved to have negative impacts on public health.

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