The Minister of the Presidency, Lisandro Macarrulla, indicated that one of the problems encountered by the Government of Luis Abinader in the management of the Punta Catalina Thermoelectric Power Plant has been the toxic ash produced by the plant.
He assured that this problem, with a strong impact on the environment, would reduce the possibility that the business class wants to buy some assets under its management if the Government decides to sell them.
” The project has, for example, a serious problem in the management of its fly ash and that is a great environmental threat, that you know, that in one way or another detracts from it because no investor is going to buy a problem of that type” , Macarulla assured when being interviewed on the program Esta Noche Mariasela, Color Vision (channel 9).
He indicated that the little transparency that the construction of Punta Catalina has had does not allow him to quantify the cost it has had.
Lisandro Macarrulla reported that in the short time the thermoelectric plant has been operating “it has shown operational instability.”
He assured that a group of experts is working on a report to document all the findings that have been found when taking over the management of the plant.
“They sold us a great illusion that until now the effect has not been seen, because neither you nor I have seen the electricity tariff drop or the electricity deficit in the country,” said the minister.
At the beginning of the month, President Luis Abinader appointed Lisandro Macarrulla and Celso Marranzini, as the president and honorary executive director of the cabinet of the electricity sector, respectively.
The cabinet was created by presidential mandate 498-20, with the objective of facilitating coordination and efficiency at the decision-making level in the public administration.
Likewise, their function is to design policies, strategies and plans to promote development in the country, of the area they represent, although they do not have budgetary expenditures.
On several occasions the National Committee to Fight Climate Change (CNLCC) and the Institute of Lawyers for the Protection of the Environment, have denounced the negative impact produced by the ashes that Punta Catalina emits to the ecosystem.