Goa`s 85% mines don`t have air pollution clearances: Minister
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Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010, 19:32
Panaji: Goa Environment Minister Aleixo Sequiera on Friday admitted that nearly 85 per cent of the mines in Goa are without air pollution clearances.

The Minister told the State Assembly that Goa Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has not given consent to 85 out of 99 mines under Prevention and Control of Pollution Act (PCPA). GPCB is authorized by State government to ensure that the mining firms adhere to pollution norms.

"All the 85 mining operators have asked for renewal of consent under PCPA," Sequeira said. In the current Assembly session, the Minister said the Act allows operation of mines for up to 120 days, if the application is under process.

"In 85 cases, the consents to operate under the PCPA have expired as on February 28, 2010," he said. In the written reply to state Assembly, Sequeira has named mining companies including Salgaoncar Mining Industries, Sociedade Fomento Industries, Chowgule Company Private Limited, Sesa Goa Limited, as the one operating sans the Board consent and applications were in process.

In February this year, Union Minister for Environment and Forest Jayram Ramesh had imposed a moratorium on environment clearance of mining proposals from Goa, till State finalises its mineral policy.

The Union Minister had also ordered an environment impact assessment to be conducted by Nagpur-based National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) on all mining activities carried out in the state so far.


First Published: Friday, March 26, 2010, 19:32

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