Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) today moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT), against 35 thermal power plants. These plants across the country have failed to install online effluent and emission monitoring system, despite its direction.
The thermal power stations which have been asked to respond include Thermal Power Plants in Hasdeo, Raichur, Koradi, Satpura, Khaparkheda, Paras and Parli .
These are besides Kamal Sponge Steel And Power Ltd, Indo Rama Synthetics, Uttam Galva Steels, Aurobindo Agro Energy, Kaveri Gas Power Limited, NLC Ltd, Saheli Exports Pvt Ltd and a 16 MW gas-based thermal power project in Tripura.
The plea claimed that directions were issued under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 by the CPCB chairman on July 21, 2015 to 318 thermal power plants located in various states and union territories for installation of these systems.
It had directed all state pollution control boards to install online continuous stack emission monitoring system in 17 categories of highly polluting industries and in common hazardous wastes and biomedical waste incinerators.
But no satisfactory response has been received from 35 thermal power plants which have “deliberately failed” to respond the directions issued by the CPCB, it said.
“Impose appropriate penalties on them on the ground of Polluter Pay Principal on account of their non cooperation” the plea said.
The ministry had notified the emission standards for thermal power plants (TPPs) on December 7, 2015 and had set December 2017 as the deadline for implementing it.
With less than nine months left, reports have appeared that the government is ready to relax the deadline and even dilute the emission standards.
It is a national problem which is killing 1.2 million Indians every year and costing the economy around 3 per cent of GDP, Greenpeace said.
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