The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

In 1999 Chugoku Electric submitted an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI). This EIA was criticised for making no mention of the finless porpoise population in the area or the Japanese lancelet. It also failed to mention that the area was a nesting ground for peregrine falcons, and overlooked rare shellfish species. MITI advised Chugoku Electric to carry out a supplementary investigation. This concluded that the environmental impact would be small, and this was accepted by MITI and Yamaguchi Prefecture. The Ecological Society of Japan criticised the report for, among other things, "fail(ing) to grasp the development, breeding environment and food chain for the species".

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