Victory in India

September 26, 2011

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce a big victory in India that will protect the public from excessive exposure to radiation!

Radiation in coal ash threatens people's health.  Last week, India's National Green Tribunal ordered the Ministry of the Environment to investigate radioactive emissions at a coal-fired plant in Maharashtra District, and establish, within one year, national standards that protect citizens and the environment from radiation.

ELAW partner Ritwick Dutta argued the case on behalf of the local community and thanked ELAW for providing critical support.

Ritwick wrote:

"I am happy to share with you the latest decision of the National Green Tribunal.  This is a case we have been involved in for over one year.  The Green Tribunal, composed of judicial and expert scientific members, were able to understand the serious implications of radiation.  With large numbers of coal-fired power plants planned for India and around the world, this victory will help us educate the public about the hazards of radiation at coal-fired power plants."

I provided Ritwick with scientific studies on radiation associated with coal-fired power plants, and pledged to work with him to insure that the new national standards truly protect public health.

Ritwick wrote: 

"I am grateful to ELAW.  The scientific papers were critical in convincing the court about the impacts of radiation."

ELAW has collaborated with Ritwick and his Delhi-based organization, the EIA Response and Resource Centre, for many years.

Congratulations to Ritwick for this hard fought win for the people of India!


Mark Chernaik
Staff Scientist
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide 


P.S.  Read more about this stunning victory in our blog, the ELAW Spotlight.  And please help ELAW partners in India and around the world uplift communities and protect the environment by donating on-line or sending a check to the address below.  You can learn more about our work by visiting our Facebook page or following us on Twitter.