The regulatory body of Rio de Janeiro considered that the KPS project, contracted in 2021 by the Government as a strategy to combat the water crisis, would not need environmental impact studies

A court decision suspended the installation of the thermoelectric complex in Sepetiba Bay by Karpowership Brasil Energia, which did not present the Environmental Impact Studies (EIA-RIMA) and was challenged by civil society organizations, with an emphasis on the active participation of the Arayara Institute, a grantee of the iCS. During August, the Prosecution Office of Rio de Janeiro (MPRJ) accepted the complaint of Arayara and requested the State Court to take measures in relation to the non-compliance with the judicial decision, because the work of the company had been continuing normally.

Aneel (National Electric of Energy Agency) also decided to revoke the grants made with respect to the four floating thermoelectric power plants for the non-recognition of the argument of the company in relation to the delay of more than 90 days for the start of the operation, in response to the complaint of the environmental and social impacts. The energy to be generated, incidentally, would be 7 times more expensive than normal and was contracted (without need) in an emergency auction held in 2021 due to the water crisis and should have started operating on May 1, 2022.

In the wake of this process, Arayara informed that it would notify the MPRJ with a request for an investigation and civil and criminal liability for all the members of the State Commission for Environmental Control (CECA) of RJ who were in favor of the unenforceability of the environmental impact studies for the licensing of the gas thermoelectric power complex.

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