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ENVIRONMENT LICENSE FOR SH 200B LAMU COAL PLANT REVOKED

Environmental license of Lamu Coal project revoked

A tribunal on environment has revoked the license of the proposed ambitious Sh 200 billion coal plant project in Lamu over environmental concerns.

The National Environment Tribunal (NET) on Wednesday ruled that the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) did not follow the law when it issued the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) licence to Amu Power Company Ltd.

According to the Tribunal, the coal project is not consistent with the Climate Change Act. It also ruled that the developers omitted engineering plans and details of the plant from public participation.

The tribunal called for a fresh EIA Study that must include all plans.

The proposed 1,050-megawatt project is Kenya’s first coal-fired power plant and is set to be developed on 865 acres of land and feature a 210-meter tall smoke stack, which would become East Africa’s tallest structure.

The Lamu coal project is 51% owned by Centum Investment Co. and backed by General Electric Co.’s Ultra-Supercritical Clean Coal Technology.

Environmentalists have been opposed to the project saying the plant will pollute the air, and destroy mangroves and breeding grounds for five endangered species of marine turtles, fish and other marine life.

The  Lamu was trending in the country on Wednesday, as activists waited with bated breath for the ruling.

Environmental rights are an extension of the basic that mankind requires and deserves. Congratulations to all the Environmental HRDs and partners that fought to and ensure that there was no license provision for Lamu coal plant!” National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya (NCHRD-K) said in a tweet.

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