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State Pollution Control Board (SPCB)


So that we can breathe easy

THE EASIEST way to clear air pollution is to not know how bad it is. This is what India practices—in most parts of the country. There is virtually no equipment to monitor the air we breathe and no system that tells us what we should do when pollution levels are up and unhealthy.

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In Goa mines are closed. In Bellary, iron ore mines, once closed, have been opened on the condition that they will now follow a plan for environmental restoration and will not indulge in unseemly and distasteful activities. But the institutions for checking the reformed miners are still in disarray. They cannot monitor and enforce the rules. So, believe it or not, little will actually change in the Bellary landscape.

Bhopal to Germany

Twenty-eight years after the lethal gas leak at Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, the 350 tonnes of toxic waste lying at the defunct factory is likely to be airlifted to Germany for safe disposal. The disposal process, however, will start only after India’s Hazardous Waste (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules of 2008, which forbid export and import of hazardous waste, are amended.
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Stop toxic ship mid-way: SC

New Delhi, May 7: Taking a serious view of the allegations that an ailing and contaminated US ship ‘Oriental Nicety’ has entered Indian shores to get its last rites done at Gujarat’s ship breaking grave yard, the Supreme Court has issued notices.
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India has unhealthiest air in the world amongst 132 countries ranked globally: Vehicular traffic, vehicle exhaust and urbanization contribute

Feb 6: India has unhealthiest air in the world amongst 132 countries ranked globally by scientists at Yale and Columbia Universities for the Environment Performance Index (EPI) 2012. 

Only one-third of biomedical waste treated

BANGALORE, December 4: Hospital waste or biomedical waste (BMW) is one of the most hazardous components of environmental pollution and about 40 tonnes are being generated every day in the city. It's a worrying issue given the increasing number of people visiting healthcare centres and hospitals every day.
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Around 20% distilleries shut shop in UP

Lucknow, November 30: Around 20 per cent of overall distillery capacity in Uttar Pradesh has closed due to a crackdown by the government through regular raids from the state excise department.
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ONGC requests for public hearing on exploration in KG-basin

HYDERABAD, October 30: ONGC has requested the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board to organise a public hearing in the first week of November on exploration of its 24 blocks in the 

Cabinet note on manufacturing policy may be moved

NEW DELHI, October 25: The industry ministry is likely to seek union cabinet's nod on Tuesday for its manufacturing policy, having secured the consent of the environment and labour ministries that had stalled it the last time. 
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Cracker-free festival is govt’s mantra

Gurgaon , October 21: In order to check pollution during Diwali, the district pollution control board has embarked on a mission to make students pledge to celebrate the festival without crackers.
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