Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Government will still review EIA

Government will still review EIA

A photo appears to show sand-dredging activity this week in Koh Kong. The Environment Ministry says it will review environmental impact assessments in the area, despite a ban on dredging there.
A photo appears to show sand-dredging activity this week in Koh Kong. The Environment Ministry says it will review environmental impact assessments in the area, despite a ban on dredging there. Mother Nature

Government will still review EIA

A Ministry of Environment official yesterday said the ministry will still review an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a sand dredging project for SCTWN Development Co Ltd, if submitted, despite the Ministry of Mines and Energy earlier this week prohibiting sand dredging in the area covered by the company’s project proposal.

Udom Seima Peanich Industry & Mine Co Ltd and SCTWN Development in January were given approval by authorities, including the Ministry of Environment, to conduct EIAs for sand dredging in Koh Kong’s Trapaing Roung and Tatay Krom communes, and SCTWN is also constructing a sand washing facility in the vicinity.

Danh Serey, director of the Environment Impact Assessment Department at the Ministry of Environment, said that if the project owner submits the EIA, the ministry will review it based on the EIA sub-decree.

He added that the ministry hasn’t received the EIA from the company. “We are waiting for the EIA report from the company” to address the situation, he said. A committee can decide to approve it or not, although Serey wouldn’t say if the committee would reject it, given the restriction on sand dredging in that area.

Mines Minister Suy Sem on Monday signed a prakas and guidelines permanently banning sand exports from Koh Kong. Companies will still be allowed to do small-scale dredging for domestic use in five zones in the Tatai, Trapaing Roung and Sre Ambel rivers, though SCTWN’s project and sand facility are in a red zone, where no dredging is allowed.

A woman who answered a call to a phone number associated with SCTWN claimed she had no relation to the company and that she had only helped register the company with the Ministry of Commerce.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Aeon, Micromax partner again for third mall

    AEON Mall (Cambodia) Co Ltd and a locally-owned Micromax Co Ltd have entered into a partnership agreement to develop fibre optic infrastructure for $200 million Aeon Mall 3, which is expected to be opened in 2023. The agreement was signed on June 20 between Masayuki Tsuboya, managing director of