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Govt to amend law to use online pollution data as legal evidence

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New Delhi | Monday, Mar 7 2016 IST
The government will bring about necessary changes in the law to enable use of online data regarding pollution by industries as legal evidence, Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar said today announcing that by March end, 2280 industries will be equipped with 24x7 monitoring systems. Mr Javadekar warned that the industries, which have not installed the online pollution monitoring system,

would face closure if they fail to do so.The Environment Minister told reporters that in 2015, notices were issued to 3,145 highly polluting industries under 17 categories for installation of 24x7 continuous effluent/emission monitoring systems, out of which 1,475 had installed these devices.As many as 321 industries were currently closed and orders were being issued to ensure that they reopen only after installation of these devices. Closure orders have been issued to 141 industries and action was being initiated against the rest 403 industries. 24x7 Real Time Monitoring of Pollution from various industries is a major revolution brought in by the NDA government, Mr Javadekar said.Earlier, method of physical sampling and lab testing was found to be inadequate as it could not capture pollution levels all 24 hours. With online monitoring, the situation had completely changed and monitoring could be done continuously, he said. "The industries now are taking steps to install new equipment to meet environmental norms. We shall also bring about necessary changes in law to enable use of online data as legal evidence, Mr Javadekar said. The 24x7 continuous monitoring systems cover emission parameters like PM (Particulate Matter), SO2 (Sulphur Di-oxide), NO2 (Nitrogen Di-oxide), CO (Carbon mono-oxide), Ammonia, and effluent parameters like flow, pH, BOD (Bio-chemical oxygen demand), COD (chemical oxygen demand), TSS (Total suspended solid) and Ammonical Nitrogen. UNI NAZ SW AE 1940

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