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San Miguel defends power plant in Bataan

MANILA – San Miguel Corp. on Tuesday defended its power plant in Bataan from anti-coal groups, saying the plant is scheduled to start commercial operations next year.

The company questioned motives of the groups calling for the suspension of the plant’s operations for alleged environmental and health violations.

The 600-megawatt power plant is targeted to start full commercial operations by August 2018. Unit 1 will be commissioned May 2017, Unit 2 by August 2017, Unit 3 by June 2017, and Unit 4 by August 2018, San Miguel said.

The plant produces predominantly limestone powder, which has been certified by the environment department as “non-hazardous,” it added.

San Miguel also said it will continue to assist the residents in the area and cooperate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and local government.

San Miguel earlier said it would explain before environment officials the measures it took to handle ash from its two facilities in Bataan, which reportedly caused some residents to fall ill.

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