Energy Department Wants Power to Issue Environmental Compliance Certificates for Power Plants

In a move that may be interpreted as a way to get around the strict environmental policies of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Energy is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to give the agency the power to issue environmental compliance certificates (ECC) for power projects. It claims that the move is in line with Duterte’s instruction to streamline business processes. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez earlier said that she plans to review the ECCs of coal-fired plants for possible violations…

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