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Chile: regulator lifts Bocamina I plant suspension

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's environmental regulator is lifting a suspension on the Bocamina I thermoelectric plant.

The agency said Friday that the 128-megawatt coal-fired plant owned by Endesa Chile can resume operations. The regulator had issued a temporary halt on Jan. 28 after local fishermen complained that the plant's water-cooling system polluted the ocean and hurt marine life.

Chile imports nearly all of its fossil fuels and faces an energy crunch. But several energy megaprojects have recently been halted due to environmental concerns. President elect Michelle Bachelet says Chile should focus on developing renewable energy sources. But some experts say alternative energy would not meet demand over the coming years.

Endesa is a Spanish subsidiary of the Italian energy company Enel SpA.

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