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‘No explosion in Iloilo power plant, residents safe’


By Tara Yap

Iloilo City — Palm Concepcion Power Corp. (PCPC) denied that residents suffered adverse health conditions as a result of its coal-fired power plant in Concepcion town.

“They are all safe and unharmed. We want to correct the false information,” emphasized Ma. Cristina Cabalhin, PCPC vice president for corporate affairs.

Last October 29, several local residents complained they got sick after what they believed was an explosion from the 135-megawatt coal-fired power plant.

Cabalhin said there was no explosion, but rather a sudden outflow of fly ash from one of the chambers that was being cleaned as the power plant is undergoing a month-long maintenance.

When it occurred, the nearby residents were evacuated and were checked.

An official report from the Municipal Health Office of Concepcion indicated all residents are in good condition.

PCPC President Roel Castro earlier said that air emission test found that the coal plant’s emission level is below the limit set by the government.

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