61% of the coal-fired power units in the country are failing to comply with the emission norms. These thermal power plants, located near the habitation area of more than one million people, have to comply with the new emission norms by December 2022.
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By December 2022, the number of thermal power plants falling in this category, which have to comply with the new norms of carbon emissions and which are operating around the city with a population of more than one million, is 79. A task force set up by the Central Pollution Control Board or CPCB has given this information.
At present, there are 596 thermal power plants across the country. According to the list released on December 13 last, 68 thermal power plants are in the b-category, which have to comply with the new rules of carbon emissions by December 2023. 449 power plants falling in category C have to comply with the new rules of carbon emissions by December 2024.
Condition of cities near polluted cities
The task force of the Central Pollution Control Board has placed those power plants in the C category which are located around critically polluted cities. In this, it is found that 48 out of 79 category A power plants are going to miss the deadline for carbon emissions. This means that these power plants have not changed their functioning according to the new emission norms and they will continue to pollute beyond the permissible limits.
CSE did the analysis
The Center for Science and Environment has explained this. The list of thermal power plants of AB and C category has been provided by the Ministry of Power of the Central Government, which has been released quite late. Along with this, the ministry has also not told how these thermal power plants are trying to reduce emissions. If a thermal power plant is not able to reduce emissions by the end of the deadline, then it can continue its operation by paying a fine.
will continue to work by paying a fine
This means that any thermal power plants that miss their deadline, they will continue to do their work by paying a fine to the government, but will continue to seriously damage the environment. The Center for Science and Environment says that this exercise of the Central Government’s Ministry of Power and the Central Pollution Control Board is useless as most categories of thermal power plants are about to miss the deadline related to the rules of carbon emissions.
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