Good job bringing this to light. People won't realise how huge the problem is and municipalities are woefully ill equipped to...
Agreed; mining can never be sustainable, but then how do you get the metals to make all the things you need in the course of...
Very good piece.
Under the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 1994, amended in 1997, the company seeking environmental clearance submits to the concerned state pollution control board (SPCB) an executive summary (ES) of the project
The SPCB gives a 30-day notice for environmental public hearing with details of the time, date and venue. The notice is published in two widely-circulated newspapers, one in the local language. During this time, the public is provided access to the ES.
On the notified day, a public hearing is held, on the basis of which SPCB gives a No Objection Certificate.
The company concerned applies to the Union ministry of environment and forests for clearance; provides EIA or environmental management plan, details of the public hearing and NOC.
Reports submitted is evaluated and assessed by MEF; prepares recommendations also based on details of public hearing.
Assessment is completed within 90 days of receipt of application and completion of the public hearing. The decision is conveyed within 30 days thereafter. If no comments are received within the time limit, the project is given "deemed" consent.