THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
22 September 2017
Environment : Environmental Law and Regulation
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
The need to reform environment clearance process

Debadityo Sinha discusses how a coal power plant managed to receive environmental clearance by giving false information, which the National Green Tribunal finally overturned.

Environment

CRITICALLY POLLUTED AREAS
Crying out for strong environmental regulator Himanshu Upadhyaya takes a close look at the Critically Polluted Areas mentioned in a recent CAG audit report on the environmental clearances and post clearance monitoring process of Ministry of Environment.
Environment
THERMAL POWER PLANTS
New regulations welcome, but the proof will be in the eating New regulations from the environment ministry require coal-based thermal power plants to stick to legally binding limits for water consumption. Shripad Dharmadhikary examines the implications of these rules.
Water Environment
RISK FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS
The poisons we play with everyday From the paints in our homes to the discarded CFL tubes, the sources of toxic chemicals that pose a serious threat to our health and safety are omnipresent. Darryl D’Monte highlights why it is imperative for India to move faster and more determinedly in tackling this problem.
Environmental Hazards Environment
MUNDRA STORY
How non-compliance is condoned: A short story Evidence of violation of environment regulation by the Adani group in their Mundra Port and SEZ Ltd and the Waterfront Development Project have been found. Kanchi Kohli reports on why both the projects are still moving ahead.
Environment GUJARAT
MINING IN HASDEO ARAND
Too many questions? Take away the right to ask! The Chhattisgarh government has nullified the community rights of a section of villagers under the Forest Rights Act, as it was being used by them to oppose mining in the region. But why are the local people up against mining? Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.
Mining Environment
COASTAL REGULATION ZONES
Easing building regulations: Where’s the groundwork? The recent amendment to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification relaxes building norms for CRZ areas. There are certain necessary measures that should have preceded it, says Meenakshi Kapoor as she brings out the implications of the amendment.
Environment Government
ANALYSIS
Coal-based power plants: What is the government missing? The draft notification specifying emission standards for coal-based thermal power plants is a welcome first step towards regulation, but needs much greater attention to detail and further calibration, writes Debadityo Sinha.
Environment Government
COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
The holes that make our coasts vulnerable From delayed reconstitutions of critical state and national level institutions to glaring loopholes in procedures, Meenakshi Kapoor identifies all that stands in the way of effective plans to manage conservation and sustainable coastal development.
Environment Government Laws
DECENTRALISED COASTAL GOVERNANCE
Ignoring the institutions that can save our coastal regions Effective District Level Coastal Committees, provided for by the CRZ notification of 2011, could have been the key link in ensuring legal environmental protection for coastal regions and communities. Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli and Meenakshi Kapoor discuss how these have been continuously disregarded.
Environment Government Laws
WHITHER ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE?
How Karnataka's mega port project is bending the rules Legal and procedural lapses as well as disregard of critical public submissions mar the environmental impact assessment of the proposed Tadadi Port in Karnataka. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment KARNATAKA
WHITHER DEMOCRACY
When people are merely roadblocks A series of recent executive orders, amendments to law and ministerial directives either seek to curtail avenues of public participation and consent over projects of critical impact, or do away with them altogether. Kanchi Kohli tracks the trend.
Government Laws
HLC REPORT ON ENVIRONMENT
Missing the woods and the trees Ever since the report of the Subramanian Committee, set up to review and amend key environmental legislation, was leaked, several questions have been raised regarding its real implications for the environment. Darryl D’Monte explains some of the most critical concerns.
Forests Wild Life Environment Opinions
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