After mining companies, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is poised to audit the operations of 13 coal-fired power plants in the country to check their compliance with environmental compliance certificates (ECC).
DENR Undersecretary Leo Jasareno told reporters the department was finalizing environmental protection guidelines for coal-fired power plants operations in a bid to provide transparency.
“Since power plants are within the DOE (Department of Energy), the limits of the audit would be ECC. All 13 existing coal-fired power plants would be audited. We will also review 13 business applications and 12 with ongoing construction,” he said.
Jasareno said the power plants were located in Iloilo, Bataan, Cebu, Misamis Oriental, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Batangas, Quezon province and Zambales.
He said the DENR would coordinate with the DOE in conducting the audit.
Meanwhile, Jasareno, head of the Mining Audit Team, said they completed the audit of four mining operations, including those with recommendations to correct violations.
He added the audit on 36 other firms was ongoing at various stages.
Jasareno said the deadline for the completion of audit on 40 metallic miners is end of this month.
“By September, (we will also conduct an audit) on non-metallic. That’s one month. These include quarry, aggregate and 10 mines in care and maintenance –they don’t operate but anytime they can start,” he said.
“If they will meet the standards of audit, we will have a roster of responsible miners. When the smoke clears, what should be left are mines that are able to absorb the social and environmental costs and are able to significantly help the communities,” he added.