Japan Ministry Eyes Scrutiny of Small Coal Power, Kyodo Says

An environment ministry task force in Japan has proposed expanding environmental impact assessments to small coal-power plants to rein in carbon dioxide emissions, the Kyodo news agency reported.

Thermal power plants falling below the 112.5-megawatt capacity threshold are currently exempt from such requirements. The task force recommended rules be tightened so that most plants intending to sell electricity would be subject, Kyodo reported, citing task force negotiations.

The panel also proposed introducing a simplified version of assessments for smaller plants compared with the current study, which usually takes three years to four years, according to Kyodo.  

The ministry will decide on details such as the size of the plant to be subject to assessments with the aim to revise the rules by the end of March, Kyodo said.

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