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Union environment ministry

Forest panel clears Jindal's mining projects in Saranda forest

Issue Date: Feb 7, 2013
The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Union environment ministry has recommended clearing over 1,500 ha of forest for mining in an elephant reserve in Jharkhand. In its meeting on January 21-22, the committee that advises the ministry on forestland diversion, cleared two proposals by Jindal group of companies, JSW Steel and Jindal Power and Steel, for mining iron and manganese ore in the Saranda forest division. The forest is part of Singhbhum elephant reserve in West Singhbhum district and is considered one of the finest elephant habitats.

‘Clean Ganga and Yamuna mission a failure’

Issue Date: May 18, 2012
The Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Forests has found that the mission to clean Ganga and Yamuna has failed. It says undue investment on technical aspects like creating sewage treatment plants to prevent the pollution in river Ganga without involving people living on the banks of the river are the reasons for it.

Gujarat pollution board washes hands of creating buffer zones around waste treatment facilities

Issue Date: May 17, 2012
Even as disposal and treatment of waste in Gujarat continues to pose a threat to residents in urban and rural areas, the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has washed its hand of any responsibility of buffering residential and commercial estates from waste treatment facilities under its jurisdiction. It has told the Union environment ministry that there are “practical issues” related to creating buffer zones around such facilities.

Environment ministry favours tiger safari in buffer zones

Issue Date: May 15, 2012
Notwithstanding the risk tourism might cause to the big cat, the Centre is planning to promote tiger safari in the buffer zones of the tiger reserves. The plan comes at a time when the Supreme Court is hearing a matter on whether tourism should be banned in the critical tiger habitats of the country.

Delhi High Court cancels clearance to mining project in Goa

Issue Date: Apr 4, 2012
Ramesh Gauns, an environmental activist and a primary school teacher from Sarvona village in Goa has been battling the government, which cleared a mining project in his village, for almost five years.

Green tribunal suspends POSCO’s clearance

Issue Date: Mar 30, 2012
The National Green Tribunal has suspended the environmental clearance granted to the controversial POSCO steel project in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district. The project was cleared by the Union environment ministry in January last year. This was challenged by Prafulla Samantray, an activist from Bhoinagar in Odisha, in the tribunal.

Environment ministry to clear controversial Demwe hydroelectric project

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
Despite majority of the members of National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) rejecting the clearance for the Demwe Lower Hydro Electric Project in Arunachal Pradesh, environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan has kept its fate hanging in balance. In its meeting on December 13, the non-official members of the standing committee argued, on the basis of a site inspection report prepared by one of the committee's members Asad Rahmani, that the project if allowed will have devastating impact on the wildlife. The minister, however, said she will take a final call on the project.

Centre for incinerating toxic Bhopal waste in Navi Mumbai

Author(s): Ashwin Aghor
Issue Date: Jan 20, 2012
After losing battle to environmentalists against incineration of toxic waste from Union Carbide factory in Bhopal at Nagpur, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has now turned its attention to Navi Mumbai. It has written to Mumbai Waste Management Limited, a waste management company, to incinerate the waste lying in the factory since past 26 years there.

Nagpur bench stays transfer of Bhopal's toxic waste

Issue Date: Dec 17, 2011
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has ordered a stay on the possible transfer of the toxic waste lying in the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal to the incineration facility maintained by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) near Nagpur. The transfer of about 350 tonnes of hazardous waste from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh to Nagpur in Maharashtra has become a contentious matter between the two states; both the Nagpur bench and the Jabalpur bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court are simultaneously hearing petitions relating to disposing of the waste.  
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