Goa sets new standard to check mining pollution
SAIL 19 Nov 2010
There is finally hope for those breathing polluted air in mining areas. The Union ministry of environment and forest has for the first time set new standards for operators of iron ore mining leases and ore processing units in a bid to control pollution caused by these activities.
Mr Simon D'Souza said Goa State Pollution Control Board chairman said "The setting of pollution measuring standards will help more accurate monitoring and controlling of air pollution in mining sites. The new rules will enable GSPCB keep track of violators.”
The board already has requisite infrastructure and equipment to measure air pollution and did measure general ambient air quality near mines and industrial estates.
Mr D'Souza said "For mining activity, there were no set pollution standards and it was difficult to pinpoint the source of pollution, in the case of a cluster of mines in an area."
The sixth amendment to the Environment Rules 1986 published recently in the central official gazette raises the legal framework for monitoring and controlling dust pollution in the mining industry. Goa has around 100 working mining leases at any given time, while allegations are rife about illegal mining activity that go on despite opposition at various levels.
The state government has set up a committee to monitor illegal mining, but this has hardly succeeded in curbing it. As per the new effluents standards, suspended solids on a non-rainy day should be 50 milligram per liter whereas on a rainy day it should be less than 100 mg per liter and oil and grease 10 milligram per liter in the case of beneficiation plants.
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