New state thermal units smoke out green norms

Most coal-fired power plants commissioned this year are not complying with the rules set by the Union environment ministry to cut emissions that cause lung diseases, acid rain and smog, the ministry said in an affidavit filed with National Green Tribunal (NGT).
The ministry in December 2015 revised the standards for thermal power plants to control air pollution, asking them to install equipment to cut emissions of particulate matter, sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxide before December 2017.

India's air is among the most polluted in the world and thermal power plants account for nearly 80% of all industrial emissions of particular matter, sulphur and nitrous oxides. Most of the old plants have not complied with the norms despite an impending deadline and have not started installing the equipment.....Read more


Source web page: Times of India

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