CPCB gets February 15 deadline to take ‘meaningful’ action


CPCB gets February 15 deadline to take ‘meaningful’ action

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) is fuming at the non-implementation of its order asking the state pollution control boards to recover compensation for environmental damage caused by the polluting units in 100 industrial clusters over the past five years.

The pollution watchdog has warned of ‘coercive’ action against chairmen and member secretaries of state pollution control boards if they don’t submit ‘meaningful’ action against the clusters, 10 of which are in Gujarat, by February 15, 2020.

In July, NGT had directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to assess and recover compensation from polluting units in 100 industrial clusters across the country, including 10 clusters in Gujarat, for a period of last five years.

NGT fixed interim compensation to be collected from large polluting units at Rs 1 crore, for medium-scale units it was Rs 50 lakh and in case of small industry the amount was Rs 25 lakh.  Read More

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