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Mayor, firm hit for coal plant ashfall

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LIMAY, Bataan—The Coal-Free Bataan Movement has lambasted Mayor Ver Roque and Petron Corp. for hazardous surroundings brought about by a coal-plant operation that it said has caused lung and skin diseases in Sitio Pexsite, Barangay Lamao here.

Residents of Pexsite have complained of ashfall and foul odors coming from the nearby 140 MW-capacity Bataan Refinery Master Plan 2 and the San Miguel Corp.-Global Power plant. They also complained they cannot even eat properly owing to the ashfall since September 2016.

The waste product of the power plants, called bottom ash, is kept in the area. According to the group Limay Concerned Citizens Inc., about 500 residents of Sitio Pexsite got diseases due to plant ash wastes.

Roque and Petron could not be reached for comment as of presstime.

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