Protests against Vedanta’s Sesa Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant’s expansion plans and persistent pollution of air and water sources must be examined against another impending blow to environmental governance on a nationwide scale.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC), proposes to bring about changes to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification, by bringing in yet another notification – the CRZ 2018. Can this law help prevent other Sterlite-like incidents?
Sterlite, which was set up in 1996, falls well outside the CRZ, a narrow 500-metre band of land meant to be regulated by a law that was first introduced in 1991 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
The proposed expansion plans for Sterlite depend on inputs like coke that are either imported by the neighbouring port of Tuticorin or supplied (such as water from the desalination plants located on the coast ). Read More
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