Saturday, July 2nd, 2022

Thermal Plants Get New Deadlines To Fulfill Norms By Environment Ministry

As per official notification, the Environment Ministry amended rules by allowing thermal power plants within 10 km of the National Capital Region (NCR) and in cities with more than 10 lakh population to comply with new emission standards by 2022 end. Also, the TPP units in “non-attainment cities” and those within 10 km of critically polluted areas are required to meet the emission standards by 31st December, 2023. The CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) has identified 124 ‘non-attainment cities’; cities those who have repeatedly failed to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Power plants fired by coal in the rest of the areas have to comply with the new standards by 31st December, 2024.

Earlier this year, the Environment Ministry was requested by the Ministry of Power so as to extend deadline for meeting emission standards for all thermal plants from 2022 to 2024, citing delay due to multiple reasons, including the corona virus pandemic and import restrictions.

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