New thermal power plants ( (TPPs) in India will now have to comply with ‘human health and environment’ criteria as part of their mandatory environmental clearance procedures.
The Union environment ministry has notified a new list of general standard conditions, bringing for the first time an exclusive health assessment as an essential point to give green nod to such plants. Under its new order, issued on Monday, the company will have to take into account chronic exposure to air and noise pollution which may adversely affect health of not only workers but also of people living in its vicinity.
This baseline health status within the study area will be part of the company’s application, seeking environment clearances for setting up new TPPs anywhere in the country. Read More
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