ERA calls five-hour De­li­mara power sta­tion pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion for 18 Novem­ber

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

In­ter­ested par­ties ri­fling through the 15,000 page risk as­sess­ment re­ports on the new De­li­mara power sta­tion had bet­ter re­dou­ble their ef­forts, as the En­vi­ron­ment and Re­sources Author­ity (ERA) has sched­uled its pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing on the con­tro­ver­sial project 12 days from now.

The meet­ing, which is ex­pected to be a con­tentious af­fair, is sched­uled to be held on Fri­day 18 Novem­ber at the Marsaxlokk Pri­mary School (on Triq lArznell) be­tween 3.30 and 8.30pm.

The meet­ing will dis­cuss the In­te­grated Pol­lu­tion Pre­ven­tion and Con­trol (IPPC) and En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment (EIA).

The first per­mit (IP0002/07/E) re­lates to the “re­newal and vari­a­tion of the IPPC per­mit to in­clude the op­er­a­tion of De­li­mara 1, De­li­mara 2a and2b, De­li­mara 3 (con­ver­sion from HFO to Nat­u­ral Gas), De­li­mara 4 CGT and the LNG Ter­mi­nal.

The se­cond (EA00014/13) re­lates to an “Ad­den­dum to the EIA car­ried out for De­li­mara Gas and Power: Com­bined cy­cle gas tur­bine and liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas re­ceiv­ing, stor­age, and re­gasi­fi­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties at De­li­mara Power Sta­tion.”

The no­tice, pub­lished in Fri­day’s is­sue of the Gov­ern­ment Gazette, states: “As part of the on­go­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process for the above-men­tioned pro­posal, the pub­lic is cor­dially in­vited to at­tend a pub­lic meet­ing, to re­quest in­for­ma­tion and clar­i­fi­ca­tions, dis­cuss with the op­er­a­tors and con­sul­tants, and com­ment on the im­pacts of the EIA ad­den­dum and the IPPC ap­pli­ca­tion it­self.”

The ERA clar­i­fies that the meet­ing will not be the fi­nal de­ci­sion-tak­ing meet­ing, and that all com­ments made dur­ing the meet­ing will be recorded.

Last month, the ERA had given a 30-day time­frame for the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, which it in­creased by a fur­ther 10 days fol­low­ing protes­ta­tions from Op­po­si­tion leader Si­mon Busut­til. Dr Busut­til, still not sat­is­fied, said that a mere 10-day ex­ten­sion “proves that the author­ity is try­ing to rush the process through”.

Copies of the EIA ad­den­dum and the IPPC ap­pli­ca­tion can be viewed at the of­fices of the Malta En­vi­ron­ment & Re­sources Author­ity (Hexagon House, Marsa) and at the Marsaxlokk, Birżeb­buġa and Że­j­tun Lo­cal Coun­cils, dur­ing of­fice hours, as well as at (http://era.org.mt/en/Pages/Ac­tivePublic-Con­sul­ta­tions.aspx).

Writ­ten sub­mis­sions can also be made by not later than Sun­day, 27 Novem­ber, and should be ad­dressed to the Di­rec­tor of En­vi­ron­ment, En­vi­ron­ment and Re­sources Author­ity, Hexagon House, Spencer Hill, Marsa, MRS 1441 or sent by email to ippc.con­sul­ta­tion@era.org.mt or eia.malta@era.org.mt as rel­e­vant.

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