SPCB reviews green compliance by hydro projects, pharma units

SPCB reviews green compliance by hydro projects, pharma units
Thu, Jan 10, 2019

SE Report

GANGTOK: The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) Monday held interactive meetings with the heads of hydro-electric power projects and pharmaceutical units of the State to review the status of compliance of the directions issued by the board and discuss various environmental issues and related legal matters.
The meeting chaired by SPCB Sikkim member secretary Gopal Pradhan and attended by board officials saw 15 days’ time given to the hydro power projects to submit action taken report on compliance with the earlier direction. The units were asked to complete installation of digital flow meters for real time monitoring of discharge and reporting of the minimum environmental flow (e-flow) to the office of the SPCB Sikkim at the earliest failing which strict action would be initiated, a press release informs.
In the context of an appeal lying before of the Supreme Court of India against the judgment of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding maintaining  e-flow of 15 percent to 20 percent and increasing the same to 50 percent by the hydro-electric power projects, SPCB Sikkim sought feedback and technical inputs from the concerned HEPs and the matter was deliberated in detail  for taking further course of action.
All projects gave full assurance to maintain minimum environmental flow in the downstream of the project site during lean season in compliance of the direction and take necessary action for installing related equipments at the earliest, the release mentions. In addition, compliance with wastes management rules which includes bio-medical wastes, e-wastes, plastic wastes and battery wastes were also discussed.
The units were also instructed to display all reports viz EIA-EMP reports, environmental clearance, quarterly monitoring reports in their website for information of the general public.
In the afternoon session, the interactive meeting was attended by the heads of the pharma units wherein member secretary Gopal Pradhan sought time bound compliance with various directions issued by the board. The installation of continuous online effluent monitoring system by the units was also discussed and time frame was prescribed for completion of the task. The system will enable the board to obtain real time information on the level of pollutants and compliance with the permissible limits which will enable the board to take prompt action against the defaulting units. The units were directed to operate the ETP 24 hours a day.
Further, issues related to waste management rules namely hazardous waste, bio-medical waste, e-waste, plastic waste, battery waste were also discussed.
The participants were informed about the commencement of the online consent management system by the board by the end of this month under which all Consents under the Pollution Control Acts would be processed online.

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