Chinese-invested firm builds solar-panel plant without environmental report

JA Solar Vietnam, a subsidiary of Chinese JA Solar Group, is building a big $280 million solar panel plant in Bac Giang province, though it has still not submitted a report on the possible impact on the environment as stipulated by law. The Bac Giang provincial authorities have turned the green light on allowing the Chinese-invested enterprise to build the plant without the report. Tran Vu Thong, deputy director of the Bac Giang provincial Industrial Zone Management Board, said that the local authorities did not follow necessary procedures in the right sequence when licensing the project. However, in an effort to satisfy development needs and create favorable conditions for the investor, they decided to allow JA Solar to build the plant before it submitted the environmental report.

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