About 150 Chachoengsao residents rallied outside the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (Onep) on Thursday against the proposed Khao Hin Son coal-fired power plant.
The residents said the 600-megawatt plant, to be built in Khao Hin Son of Phanom Sarakham district, would cause serious environmental harm and could lead to water shortages.
The company has downplayed their concern, saying they will use "good quality" coal in the process.
Onep officials told the protesters they had rejected the report, as it lacks important details.
Plupet Silaung-orn, 50, a protest leader, hailed Onep's decision as an initial victory. Onep demanded the company provide more details about public participation and environmental and health impact mitigation.
People from Chachoengsao arrive at the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning in Bangkok on Thursday to submit a letter protesting against a coal-fired power plant project in Phanom Sarakham district. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)
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