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DOE to implement strict rules on coal handling distribution

Coal News - Published on Wed, 20 Mar 2019

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The Philippine Star reported that the Department of Energy is looking to implement strict rules for the handling, transport, storage and distribution of coal in the country. The agency came out with a draft circular for the guidelines in coal handling, transport, storage and distribution. The rules will cover coal traders, coal logistics service providers, coal end-users, holders of coal operating contracts and small-scale coal mining permits and all other persons engaged in coal operations such as exploration, development and production. The DOE has sought input from industry stakeholders before issuing the circular.

Under the draft rules, the agency stressed on the safety and security of workers, as well as environmental regulation and pollution control. Coal operators will be required to ensure the installation of dust control system such as water spray, sprinkler, misting machine, dust arrester or cover to prevent emission of fugitive coal when loading, unloading, temporary stockpiling and transporting.

They should also require all workers to undergo health, safety, and environment orientation. They will also be directed to establish and implement emergency preparedness and response plan, as well as appropriate mitigating measures to address any untoward incidents.

Once signed, all those covered will be required to comply within six months and by January 30 of every year of operation by submitting sworn certification of compliance to the DOE through the Energy Resource Development Bureau (ERDB) or field offices (FO).

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Mar 2019
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