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This is the second time in less than a month charges have been filed against a power plant linked to Endesa over environmental permit (RCA) compliance issues.
Due to the severity of the charges, the firm faces fines of up to 5,000 annual tax units (UTA) (US$4.76mn), revocation of the plant''s RCA permit or even shutdown of the facility, SMA spokesperson Pamela Zúñiga told BNamericas.
SMA inspections discovered at 100,000t the coal yard was over its maximum permitted capacity of 70,000t and lacked barriers to retain particulates, the ash decanter pools exceeded more than three times their 400m3 capacity and the ash dump was not properly compacted.
Inspectors also discovered an unauthorized fuel storage system, minor fuel spills and improper storage of dangerous substances, and dead birds and marine life in the plants seawater intake system.
The generator has 10 days to present a compliance program and 15 days to formulate rebuttals to the charges. Failure to do so would result in double the fines, according to Zúñiga.
And SMA charges were filed against Hidroeléctrica Ensenada''s 6.6MW hydro project over failure to comply with its reforestation plan and building beyond the authorized area, severe SMA infringements.