Communities living near the Tamnar-Gharghoda coal fields in the state of Chhattisgarh are plagued by significant environmental pollution and land disturbance from coal mining. The coal is transported to two nearby coal-fired power plants, which emit hazardous air pollutants and generate tons of toxic coal ash.
Jitendra Singh v. Ministry of Environment , Civil Appeal 5109 of 2019 (25 November 2019)
Supreme Court of India
Him Jagriti Uttaranchal Welfare Society v. India, No. 15/2014, National Green Tribunal (Principal Bench) (31 May 2019)
The National Green Tribunal Order issued on 31 May 2019 creates an expert committee to investigate whether restriction of plastic packaging is needed.
|Malpe Beach, six kilometers to the west of Udupi, Karnataka, India.|
Tackling coal-fired power plants and other polluters in India is a serious challenge. According to recent rankings, nine of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India.
The Madras High Court determined that the operator of a coal-fired power plant isn't beneficially utilizing fly ash, as required by the fly ash utilization notification of 03/11/2009, among other regulatory violations, which are causing environmental degradation and health hazards that may result in irreparable loss. Accordingly, the court ordered an ad-interim injunction restraining the operator from dumping material that would affect the marsh land in Vallur Village, Tamil Nadu.
|A coal-fired power plant in Chhattisgarh, India. Photo: Shweta Narayan|
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