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NegOcc BM says coal-fired power plant in San Carlos coal plant will push through

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The proposed coal-fired power plant in San Carlos City will push through despite opposition of environment groups and outgoing Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Board Member Romel Debulgado of the first district of Negros Occidental said.

Debulgado, chairman of the environment committee, said the company behind the proposed power plant is still processing its documents. “I think it will be realized,” he added.

Reacting to the possible hamrful impacts of coal-fired power plants, the politiko said they did not notice any environmental problems in the surrounding areas when they visited existing coal plans in Iloilo City.

He also said the coal plant could improve the local economy. “The visit to Iloilo City will be added to the committee report.”

The Department of Energy previously said Negros Occidental is the only area in Visayas region that has no reliable inland power source within the next five years.