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Jakarta Post

Residents reject Bengkulu power plant after turtles die

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 6, 2020   /  12:10 pm
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A sea turtle was recently found dead near the Sepang Bay coal-fired power plant in the city of Bengkulu.( of Kanopi Bengkulu)

Residents of Baai Island in Bengkulu and environmental groups continue to push the government to halt the operation of a controversial Sepang Bay coal-fired power plant, saying it has diminished biodiversity in the area. Despite the alleged biodiversity crisis and licensing problems surrounding the power plant, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the Bengkulu administration were scheduled to inaugurate the project on Wednesday. However, Jokowi cut short his visit to Bengkulu and canceled most of his plans there without immediate explanation, including the power plant inauguration. Since its construction began in 2016, Baai residents and environment activists have protested against the PLTU, accusing it of destroying the environment, as well as recently causing the deaths of 28 turtles and damaging their properties. The power plant, which began testing its systems on S...