Deadline for 300 thermal plants on adoption of air pollution norms extended

 

Central Electricity Authority lays down a roadmap for the sector that breaches regulations

Nitin Sethi  |  New Delhi June 9, 2017 Last Updated at 02:40 IST

 Disregarding new environment regulations, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has given more than 300 thermal power plants two to five-year reprieve from adhering to the strict air pollution standards that come into force this year. The CEA has set in place a roadmap for the plants to install essential pollution abatement technology earliest by 2020 instead of doing so by end 2017. The new environmental regulations requiring the installation of this technology kick in from December 2017 for all existing thermal power plants.
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/300-thermal-plants-ignore-rules-to-adopt-pollution-norms-in-2020-not-2017-117060801228_1.html
 
 

Restrictions being imposed in areas with potential of integration with Panna Tiger Reserve in lieu of loss due to Ken-Betwa Project

 

A proposal for stone mining in lease area of 4 ha (private land) in village Ghoora, Tehsil-Rajnagar, Dist. Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, falling 6.67 km away from Panna Tiger Reserve has been rejected by the 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) held on 15th May 2017.

This is in spite of the fact that the representative of CWLW, Madhya Pradesh mentioned that mining area is a private land and does not form part of any corridor.

The minutes of the meeting indicate that Dr. R. Sukumar, member, mentioned that no mining should be permitted in the areas proposed to be added to Panna Tiger Reserve in lieu of the diverted area for Ken-Betwa River linking project. The Committee consisting of representatives from NTCA and WII had conducted the site inspection and concluded that the project cannot be permitted.

 

Pushp Jain

EIA Resource and Response Centre (ERC)

New Delhi. India

Setting Environmental Standards- Comparing Processes in Thermal Power Plants in India, US, and EU

Shripad Dharmadhikary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) works with Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, Pune, a centre engaged in analysis and advocacy in water and energy issues.

 

This paper analyses the process by which the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, sets new regulations or revises existing ones and compares the Indian processes with those in the United States and the European Union. The processes examined include regulations related to coal-fired thermal power plants and water. The Indian process is ad hoc, opaque, and has limited scope for public participation. This can lead to inappropriate standards, lack of legitimacy of standards, and absence of widespread acceptance, all leading to ineffective implementation. The paper discusses these critical deficiencies and suggests improvements.

 

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MPT Public hearing ends, ‘no’ to Mormugao Port Trust’s projects

TNN | May 6, 2017, 08.11 AM IST

Why burden a small state? If coal is needed in Karnataka, then build a facility in Karnataka.
 
VASCO: Union minister for road transport and highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari came under fire for his involvement in Mormugao Port Trust's (MPT) proposed redevelopment of berths 8 and 9 and the barge berth, on the eighth and final day of the public hearing at Tilak Maidan in Vasco.
 

 

Speaking about Gadkari's role in the projects, Abhijeet Prabhudesai alleged that the minister initiated dredging works without proper permissions. "There is big money involved and a thorough inquiry has to be made to bring to light the hidden truths about MPT's projects," he added.
 

 

Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha also raised her voice against MPT's expansion plans. "Authorities are using Goa as a coal corridor. Goa is very small and cannot handle increased coal transportation, either through road or railway," she said, recalling how, on several occasions, she had found MPT flaunting coal handling and transportation guidelines .

 

"It is high time we respect the welfare of the people and not just the benefits of companies. MPT has to show people that it can handle coal in an environmental friendly manner. No permission for more expansion be allowed," Saldanha said.
 

 

The public hearing came to an end with a strong consensus against giving MPT permission to carry out increased coal handling, channel dredging and redevelopment of berths.
 

CPCB - Comments invited on Inter Emission standards for Diesel Locomotives

CPCB has invited comments on Draft standards for  "Inter Emission standards for Diesel Locomotives":
 
 
The comments are invited latest by May 21, 2017.
 
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