Three Gorges Probe

Decision on contentious dam project for Nu River on hold

South China Morning Post
May 24, 1999

Beijing has yet to decide whether to build controversial dams on the Nu River, and large-scale changes are expected to be made to the hydroelectric project in Yunnan province, according to SEPA deputy director Zhu Guangyao.

[Article excerpt] Beijing has yet to decide whether to build controversial dams on the Nu River, and large-scale changes are expected to be made to the hydroelectric project in Yunnan province, according to State Environmental Protection Administration deputy director Zhu Guangyao. … Mr Zhu said yesterday: "The process of reviewing the environmental impact assessment is still under way, and we are going to make substantial changes to the original development proposal." … Mr Zhu’s remarks served as a formal denial of earlier media reports that the central government had allowed construction to resume after an official environmental impact assessment supported a scaled-down version of the project. Wang Yongchen, of the Beijing-based Green Earth Volunteers, said mainland NGOs should be encouraged by Mr Zhu’s words because it showed their influence on government decision-making through active participation. "Our sole aim in opposing the Nu River project was to call for an open and fair decision-making process, which led to a positive response in the remarks by Premier Wen and Mr Zhu," she said.

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