As­bestos min­ing on de­spite ban

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

IN­DIA STOPPED is­su­ing fresh li­cences for as­bestos min­ing in 1986 to phase out the car­cino­gen from the coun­try, but a re­cent or­der of the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT) in­di­cates that as­bestos min­ing is go­ing on in some states. This is also re­flected in the lat­est min­eral pro­duc­tion data of the Min­istry of Mines. The prin­ci­pal Bench of NGT, headed by jus­tice Swatan­ter Kumar, asked Andhra Pradesh, Ra­jasthan, Odisha, Te­lan­gana, Jhark­hand and Kar­nataka whether as­bestos min­ing is be­ing car­ried out in the states. Dur­ing the hear­ing, the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Forests and Cli­mate Change sub­mit­ted that it has never given con­sent to any min­ing ac­tiv­ity for as­bestos in the coun­try. How­ever, the coun­sel for Andhra Pradesh Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board sub­mit­ted that the board had granted con­sents up to 2007. Odisha Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board, too, granted con­sents up to 2004.

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