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Pet coke ban: Industry bodies urge Centre to file review petition in SC

GURGAON: Unhappy with the Supreme Court ban on usage of petroleum coke[1] and furnace oil[2] in the industries, city-based industrial associations on Wednesday appealed to the state government and the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) to take up the matter with the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEF & CC) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB[3]) for a review petition before the apex court.

According to the members, they want the ministry to come up with the final parameters for the industries, as they had earlier issued the draft notification, and to give them at least six months time to introduce the technology which is at par with industries standards.

“The apex court had directed MoEF&CC to formulate the norms for NOx (nitrogen oxide) and SOx(sulpher oxide) for the industries by June 20, 2017. It had also ordered the industries to comply with the laid down norms by December 31, 2017. The industry on its part had assured the SC that they would comply with the norms as and when they are laid down.

However, the ministry did not take any action till October 23, 2017. A day before the court hearing, the ministry uploaded the draft notification and invited comments from the industries within 60 days. The apex court having taken note of the inaction by the ministry ordered a ban on the use of pet coke by the industries,” said Vikas Jain, president of Gurgaon chamber of commerce & industry.

Praveen Yadav, president of Gurgaon Udyog association, said, “The issue is that the ban is going to impact small-scale and mid-scale industries and their workers.

Even though the SC decision is in favour of the people, a review petition should be submitted to give industries some time and financial aid to switch to non-polluting technology.”

According to the norms, the use of furnace oil and pet coke should be replaced by air pollution control measures technology enabled technology introduced by industries.

This technology is enabled with wet scrubbers and filters to bring down the emission of SOx and NOx.

References

  1. ^ petroleum coke (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
  2. ^ furnace oil (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
  3. ^ CPCB (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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