‘124,000 premature deaths can be avoided if coal-fired plants meet standards’


‘124,000 premature deaths can be avoided if coal-fired plants meet standards’

The implementation of new emission standards for thermal power plants can avoid 124,000 premature deaths every year in India, says a new report suggesting 13 measures to drop pollution levels by 40 per cent.

In December 2015, the Union government had set emission standards for coal-based power plants, which were to be complied by December 2017, but according to green activists, not a single plant has complied fully.

The report, ‘Source apportionment, health effects and potential reduction of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in India’, by Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge with contribution of Greenpeace India, seeks to add research to the government’s National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) Read More

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