Green norms: Stone-crusher units under lens

  • | Sunday | 3rd December, 2023

GURGAON: The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) is carrying out a survey of all the stone crusher units which are functional in Mahendragarh and Charkhi Dadri district to examine if they are violating environmental norms. The move came after the NGT on November 23 directed the board to submit a detailed compliance report of the stone crushing units in the two districts.In its order, the tribunal told the board to provide the relevant information in charts, including compliance of anti-pollution norms by each unit and whether they obtained consent to establish (CTE) and consent to operate (CTO).NGT gave the directions while hearing a petition by Vinod Kumar Jangra, a resident of Charkhi Dadri, and several other cases related to the issue. The petitioner stated in his plea that the air quality in the areas where the units are operating does not have the assimilative capacity to sustain the pollution generated by them, resulting in violation of air and water pollution norms and adversely affecting the environment and public health.We are carrying out surveys to check if any stone crushers in these two districts are flouting the norms. We will submit details in NGT, HSPCB chairman P Raghavendra Rao told TOI.The next hearing in the matter is scheduled for February 1.We also published the following articles recentlyHP sets up panel to study stone crusher unitsHimachal Pradesh government forms high-powered committee to address illegal mining and stone crusher units. Committee will act based on recommendations from multi-sectoral expert committee and relevant department records. Unscientific and illegal mining along river beds blamed for natural calamity in state, causing significant damage. Committee includes director of industries, director of environment, chief engineer of PWD, representative of pollution control board, district attorney, and geologist. Committee will decide on operation of crusher units based on legal aspects and state interest. State faced landslides, floods, and cloudbursts during monsoon season, prompting shutdown of crusher units. Multi-sectoral expert committee recommended reopening 50 out of 130 crushers, subject to further analysis. Committee formed to evaluate impact of mining activities and redefine regulations for environmental preservation.Thermal plants in NCR ignoring pollution normsThe ongoing air pollution in Delhi NCR is worsened by the intransigence of thermal power plants. Most of these plants are not complying with emission control norms introduced by the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change. The norms have been diluted and deadlines have been delayed. The Centre for Science and Environment report focuses on particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, and sulphur dioxide emissions by these coal-based thermal power plants. Compliance with the norms has been a challenge for these plants due to shifting target dates and relaxed regulations.Anti-pollution skin careThis article discusses the harmful effects of air pollutants on the skin and the importance of protective beauty care. It recommends using cleansing creams or gels for dry skin and cleansing milk or face wash for oily skin. After cleansing, the skin should be wiped with a mixture of rose water and witch hazel. Green tea and activated charcoal are also suggested for toning and detoxifying the skin. Sesame seeds, dried mint leaves, and honey can be used as a natural skin treatment. Additionally, cover creams containing sandalwood are recommended to protect the skin from irritation and eruptions.

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