Govt gives in to protesters’ demands to order new study of Krabi coal-fired plant

The government has accepted demands from protesters and ordered that the Environmental and Health Impact Assessment of the Krabi coal-fired power plant be restarted from the beginning. The move has concerned officials at the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, who voiced fears that the delay would affect power stability in the South. After a tense confrontation between protesters opposed to the plant and state officials, which escalated after Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha approved the controversial coal plant on Friday, the government backed down on February 19 and agreed to protesters’ demands, ordering that the public participation process within the EHIA be restarted.

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