Cancellation of Coal Plant Construction Pushed by City Legislature Deputies
A proposal submitted to the city legislature shows forty three deputies of the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress have opposed in the construction of the coal power plant located in Baguang in Dapeng New Area. The deputies said that they objected in the construction of the coal plant in any part of the city due to the pollution and high costs that it will bring.
Dapeng Peninsula is a high end resort area that has plentiful tourism resources and is listed a key part of the future development of the city. So it is inappropriate of building a coal power plant in the area. The deputy fear that the plant will become a major source of pollution since power plants are known to account for 18 percent of the total pollution following vehicle emissions and industrial pollution. The deputies argued that they cannot afford to spend a large amount of money just to control the pollution.
But several authorities on the pollution from coal power plants that uses high quality coal will not cause too much pollution. The Shenzhen Energy Group is using high quality coal in its Heyuan plant but experts say that low pollution is not the situation but the coal residue will be the problem which can easily cause pollution.
The Shenzhen Energy Group said that the power plant project was approved by the National Energy Administration and have informed the public last March 18. But a recent online survey showed that more than 60 percent of residents are supporting the cancellation of the power plant stating that building a plant in Baguang will deteriorate its environment.