NGT orders state pollution agencies to file reports on e-waste recycling industries – The New Indian Express

Through IANS

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has ordered all state pollution control boards and pollution control committees to file status reports on the operation of e-waste recycling industries causing environmental degradation and health risks in their regions.

Asking the states to hold an online interaction on the matter and submit a consolidated report by the next May 27 hearing, the NGT bench, led by Chairman Adarsh ​​Kumar Goel, also ordered Central Pollution Control Board to check in particular the compliance status in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in light of previous orders.

The bench dealt with a grievance against the incineration of e-waste in Sarurpur Industrial Zone, Faridabad, Haryana by various engineering companies.

According to the plea, nearly 100-200 ‘red category’ and highly polluting units are operating illegally in Sarurpur industrial zone which burns about 40-50 tons of e-waste daily, which has made the region’s environment toxic. .

The scale of air pollution is such that visibility up to 2-3 kilometers is affected, he pointed out. These units collect the remaining ash from e-waste after it is burned and load it into tractors and dumpsters that take that ash. and unscientifically dumping in open areas and landfills, which proves to be a threat to the environment.

People residing in the settlements and nearby areas face devastating effects on their health and on the city’s environment. About 10 to 15 people residing in the area have also lost their sight due to toxic air pollutants released into the air by burning electronic waste. Electronic waste contains lead, cadmium, mercury, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFRs), chromium, beryllium, etc. Long-term exposure to these substances damages the nervous system, kidneys, bones, and reproductive and endocrine systems, the plea read. Considering the complaint, the NGT in the order dated February 4, declared that the activity of unscientific handling and disposal of electronic waste is a dangerous activity with the potential to cause serious harm to public health and the environment. .

He also noted that the handlers are mostly illiterate and unskilled people for financial gain by large-scale operators without concern for their safety. It is undeniable that continuous vigilance is required in view of the enormous shortcomings in compliance with the Rules noted above.

Statutory rules provide for specific responsibilities of manufacturers and handlers of such waste as well as remedial action by statutory regulators, but due to lack of compliance a large number of accidents occur resulting in fatalities and illnesses. This aspect must be considered in the light of the facts on the ground in the present case, observed the green court.

In addition, the court also constituted a four-member joint committee comprising the Member Secretary, State PCB, CPCB, Faridabad District Magistrate and Municipal Corporation Commissioner to undertake a site visit, in instructing the mixed panel to file its conclusions within a month.

Comments are closed.