Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding MoEF notification permitting the use of coal with ash content higher than permitted earlier, 10/06/2021

  • 10/06/2021

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Say Earth Vs Union of India & Others dated 10/06/2021.

Grievance in the application is against Notification dated May 21, 2020 issued by the MoEF&CC under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, permitting the use of coal with ash content higher than permitted earlier, to the detriment of the environment.

The matter was last considered on September 8, 2020 and after noting the issue, the MoEF&CC, Ministries of Mines, Power and Coal and CPCB were required to file a response.

The CPCB has filed its response to the effect that policy being within the purview of the Ministries, it had nothing to say in the matter. However, no response has been filed by the MoEF&CC and Ministries of Mines, Power and Coal even after 9 months.

The NGT giving one more opportunity directed the concerned authorities to file their responses within one month.