Setting Up AC Plant? No Environment Permit Needed

The Ministry of Environment removed 25 industries from the highly polluting list as it released a new classification of industries during the International Conference on ‘Rule of Law For Supporting the 2030 Development Agenda/Sustainable Development Goals’ in New Delhi. “The exercise of re-categorization was being carried out for last one year. This is a landmark decision to give a fair picture of the industries,” said Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar.

NGT asks Railways for report on emissions from engines

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday sought a report on emissions from diesel locomotives and a comparative chart with regard to international standards.

The tribunal, which was hearing a petition filed by Dwarka resident S.K. Goyal about harmful emissions from diesel locomotives, has directed the Ministry of Railways to hold a meeting with the secretaries of IIT-Delhi, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Ministry of Petroleum to set emission standards and ensure that railway locomotives do not pollute.

Move to amend Environment Protection Act upsets greens

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Environmentalists have written to the Centre stating that the proposed amendments to the Environment Protection (EP) Act will not only dilute existing forest laws but also curtail the powers of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

The proposed amendments include constituting an adjudicating authority, which could be approached by stakeholders to resolve their grievances instead of directly approaching the NGT. It has also proposed to consider three major points of impact of assessment while clearing projects.

Environment ministry nod to Rs3,000 cr airport at Mopa in Goa

New Delhi: Brushing aside concerns, the environment ministry on Wednesday granted clearance to a proposed international airport at Mopa village in Goa to be built at a cost of Rs.3,000 crore.

The approval for the project, however, drew flak from environmentalists, who have repeatedly flagged flaws in the project. They said they would approach the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against the environmental clearance.

The clearance came after the ministry’s expert appraisal committee (EAC) recommended it at its meeting on 20 October.

NGT wants pollution report on all hotels

BHUBANESWAR: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Orissa State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) and the chief secretary to take stock of the pollution level at all hotels in the state and to file a status report.

The NGT direction came after an environment campaigner, Biranchi Narayan Mohapatra, filed a petition in the green panel stating that several hotels in the state had been established and were functioning without the pollution board's consent. The hotels are also flouting pollution control norms, the petition said.

A season of change

Depending on which side of the fence people have found themselves on, the responses to the quick regulatory changes that the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has brought about over the last three months have clearly differed. The changes have ranged from bringing in calculated dilutions, striking a balance between environment and economy, ensuring regulatory efficiency to removing roadblocks to economic growth.

Pollution case: NGT issues warrants against 6 Mandideep industrialists

National Green Tribunal (NGT) central zone bench on Friday issued warrants against six industrialists of Mandideep Industrial Area (MIA) for failure to appear before the tribunal. Industries owned by the six have been accused of pollution and the tribunal is hearing a case with regards to it.

On August 1, tribunal was informed that six industries - M/s Anand Industries, M/s Steel Innovation, M/s Integrated Infosys, Ms/ Shakti Televentures, M/s Tranwin Industries, M/s S S Bindra Flour Mill - were operating without valid consent despite notices.

Pollution control board gives clean chit to 6 industries

The UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) on Wednesday submitted a report to the National Green Tribunal saying that only two of the eight industrial units allegedly polluting the Sahibabad drain required an analysis of their effluents.

The board had compiled the report following inspections of all eight industrial units, the names of which were submitted to the tribunal by petitioner Hazi Arif in a case related to environmental pollution in Ghaziabad.