RA Nature Protection Ministry has developed and put into circulation RA bill on making amendments and supplements to RA Law 'On Environmental Impact Assessment and Expertise'.
The bill made amendments in the sector of hydroplant construction and operation.
Thus, under the existing law on EIA, the hydropower plants with the capacity from 10 to 30 MWs undergo expert assessment under 'B' category – medium risk extent, while the hydropower plants with the capacity from 1 to 10 MWs under 'C' category – the lowest risk category. The new bill proposes to take the hydropower plants with the capacity from 1 to 30 MW under 'B' category and to have the assessment of the hydropower plants with the capacity 1 MW under the category 'C', which have never undergone assessment in the past. The hydropower plants with the capacity of 30 MW and over will be considered as the riskiest ones and will be classified under category 'A' in the same way as the existing law says.
It should be mentioned that the experts of “Supporting new reforms in SHPP sector through CSO-government dialogue” project implemented by EcoLur have proposed to introduce a clause in the law on EIA, which says all the hydropower plants constructed on the rivers with the capacity starting from 0 MW shall be classified under 'B' category.
The material was developed in the frames of “Supporting new reforms in SHPP sector through CSO-government dialogue” supported by UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme".
16:52 October 09, 2017