Environmental Governance Newsletter - December 2015 | Centre for Science and Environment


Environmental Governance Newsletter - December 2015

TOP STORY
Centre eases green norms for coal mining projects
 
For coal projects with forest and non-forest lands, mining can take place in non-forest land after Stage-1 clearance

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RegulatorY Watch
 
   
Environment ministry's new advisory seeks to protect wildlife
The advisory seeks to make industries responsible for activities taking place in and around protected areas

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Swachh Bharat cess: A few states may not agree on it
Except Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand, no other state has directly agreed to the central proposal

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Supreme abuse
Bulk drug makers in Telangana's Patancheru-Bollaram industrial area continue to pollute in absence of effective vigilance, shows CSE analysis

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Court Watch
 
Green levy on trucks entering Delhi to stay, says Supreme Court
On October 9, 2015, Supreme Court passed an order imposing Environment Compensation Charge of Rs 700 on all light goods vehicles and Rs 1,300 on heavy goods vehicles
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Supreme Court refuses to put blanket ban on firecrackers
Guidelines for noise standards in place, but poor implementation. Air quality impacts ignored
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Green Clearance Watch
 
Environmental Clearance Analysis for September- October 2015
• 29 projects cleared in major development sectors
• Coal expansion projects cleared in Critically Polluted Areas, including   Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu and Jharsuguda, Orissa
• Push for cement production: Six cement projects of cumulative
  capacity 18.83 MTPA cleared

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Mining
 
Andhra Pradesh puts Eastern Ghats bauxite mining project on hold
The bauxite deposits fall in tribal areas protected by the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution and have been opposed by tribal groups right from the beginning
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Waste Management
 
Will Dehradun riverfront development project really help the city?
It focuses more on beautification aspects rather than rejuvenating the rivulets that flow through the city

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Announcements

  • Centre for Science and Environment recognises Social Impact Assessment (SIA) as an important tool to inform decision makers, regulators and stakeholders about the possible social and economic impacts of a development project. To be effective, SIA requires the active involvement of all concerned stakeholders. CSE has developed a five-day training programme aimed at giving practical exposure to participants on SIA with specific reference to infrastructure, mining and other industrial projects.

  • With rapid urbanisation and rising consumption of goods and services, India is facing a massive waste management challenge. Every year, urban India produces 62 million tonne (MT) of municipal solid waste, 31 MT of which is dumped onto landfill sites. Figures for recycling are abysmal; for instance, only 1.5 per cent of e-waste is recycled. The need of the hour is to shift the focus of waste management towards processing and resource recovery.

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