The Czech Republic will finish in March an environmental assessment of a planned coal plant refit that a Pacific nation opposed on the grounds it threatens its survival, a Czech minister said Feb. 24. The Federated State of Micronesia in January lodged a formal objection to a Czech plan to renovate a lignite-fired power station in Prunerov, arguing that the plant’s carbon emissions will lead to sea-level rises that could swallow up the tiny archipelago. Jan Dusik, the Czech Republic’s Environment Minister, said that the government would consider Micronesia’s complaint in its final decision and he expected a report on the environmental impact of the plant to be finished next month. He told Reuters on the sidelines of a U.N. environment meeting in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian island of Bali, that his government was yet to decide if the project should proceed but added that renovating the power plant could actually reduce emissions. (Reuters)

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