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Mining and Environment


Policy Brief: The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Ordinance, 2015

Promoting short-term growth over long-term sustainability of the mining sector

❑ Will not lead to any significant improvement in mining governance

❑ Will restrict investment, innovation and best practices

❑ Will lead to reckless mining and poor environmental practices

❑ Will exacerbate conflicts and alienate local communities further

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CSE criticises the United Progressive Alliance government's move to let the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill lapse

  • The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Bill 2011 was tabled in Parliament in December, 2011 – it will lapse if not passed 

Ministry of environment and forests is diverting forestland for development projects at much faster rate – 12500 ha cleared in just 3 meetings

Environmental and social considerations not taken into account

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 Environmental and social considerations not taken into account

CSE supports the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the MMDR Bill 2011. Recommendations made public recently.

Applauds the Committee for deciding that the Bill’s profit sharing provision will remain, despite opposition from industry.

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Applauds the Committee for deciding that the Bill’s profit sharing provision will remain, despite opposition from industry.

Companies fined heavily for mining over limit in Odisha

 State authorities send notices to 103 mines
Odisha's department of steel and mines has slapped a fine of Rs 67,900 crore on companies operating 103 mines in the Koira and Joda mining circles of Sundargarh and Keonjhar districts, respectively for mining more mineral than permitted.

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Supreme Court lifts ban on 63 more mines in Bellary

 Sets condition of compensatory payment to resume operations
The Supreme Court allowed operations in 63 out of 72 category B mines in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur in Karnataka, subject to conditions.

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Toxicity levels in Vapi, Ankleshwar cross all limits

Ahmedabad, May 23: Recent readings by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) show that toxicity levels of effluents from both Vapi and Ankleshwar industrial clusters are way above permitted norms, sometimes many times the permitted levels.

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