Without stricter checks, directive to
'utilise' fly ash may prove futile
Without stricter checks, directive to 'utilise' fly ash may prove futile on Business Standard. The latest
notification does not address chronic problems of badly managed and risky disposal of fly ash by polluting
units, say environmentalists
Economy News Coal and lignite-based thermal power plants should
"ensure 100% utilisation of ash generated by it in an eco-friendly
manner", said an April 22, 2021 notification of the Ministry of
Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
Over the last two decades, the Indian government has been issuing
similar notifications on the disposal and utilisation of fly ash.
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Its recommendations have varied: use it to manufacture building
material and in construction work; apply it as soil conditioner in farms
and use it to reclaim low-lying areas and empty mines.
However, over 50% of industries remain non-compliant, mostly
dumping the ash in the open, in water bodies and in unlined and
uncovered pits. There have been eight major incidents involving coal
ash in India between August 2019 and May 2021...Read more.
News Source : BS / Business Standard