Monday, May 7, 2012

Violation of Pollution NORMS

The State Pollution Control Boards have a monitoring mechanism in place to carry out the ambient air monitoring and stack monitoring in the premises of Thermal Power plants (TPPs) at regular intervals.

Replying to a question in Lok Sabha today The Minister of state (I/C) for Environment and Forests Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan stated that in Maharashtra, there are fifteen number of major TPPs based on coal as fuel, being monitored by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). In the case of Bhusawal Thermal Power Station (BTPS), the MPCB has found Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter exceeding the consented limit. The MPCB has received complaints from nearby Grampanchayats, opposition leader of Maharashtra Assembly and other NGOs about BTPS. The complaints were in respect of water, air and soil pollution due to which the agricultural production was alleged to be damaged.

Smt. Natarajan informed the members that the following steps in general have been taken by the Government to minimize/control the pollution in the TPPs:

(i) Emission and effluent standards for control of air & water pollution have been notified.

(ii) Power Plants have been directed to use beneficiated coal (low ash coal) to minimize dust generation.

(iii) Flyash utilization has been made mandatory to mitigate problems related to flyash disposal.

(iv) The TPPs have been asked to provide green belt in and around the premises in 30% of the total land available, while granting environmental clearance.