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Kenya Cancels Environment License of $2 Billion Coal-Power Plant

  • Developer failed to involve public in environment-impact study
  • GE-backed project ordered to conduct new study to proceed
    
Photographer: Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

A Kenyan tribunal canceled an environment license for a planned $2 billion coal-power plant near the coastal town of Lamu, saying the developers hadn’t consulted the community.

“There was an outright disregard on the need to carry out public participation,” Chairman of the National Environment Tribunal Mohammed Balala said Wednesday in the capital, Nairobi. The developers will have to conduct a new environmental study and involve the public if they want to proceed with the project, Balala said.