Environmental Governance Newsletter - December 2015

February 08, 2016

TOP STORY
Centre eases green norms for coal mining projects
 
For coal projects with forest and non-forest lands, mining can take place in non-forest land after Stage-1 clearance

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RegulatorY Watch
 
   
Environment ministry's new advisory seeks to protect wildlife
The advisory seeks to make industries responsible for activities taking place in and around protected areas

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Swachh Bharat cess: A few states may not agree on it
Except Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand, no other state has directly agreed to the central proposal

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Supreme abuse
Bulk drug makers in Telangana's Patancheru-Bollaram industrial area continue to pollute in absence of effective vigilance, shows CSE analysis

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Court Watch
 
Green levy on trucks entering Delhi to stay, says Supreme Court
On October 9, 2015, Supreme Court passed an order imposing Environment Compensation Charge of Rs 700 on all light goods vehicles and Rs 1,300 on heavy goods vehicles
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Supreme Court refuses to put blanket ban on firecrackers
Guidelines for noise standards in place, but poor implementation. Air quality impacts ignored
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Green Clearance Watch
 
Environmental Clearance Analysis for September- October 2015
• 29 projects cleared in major development sectors
• Coal expansion projects cleared in Critically Polluted Areas, including   Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu and Jharsuguda, Orissa
• Push for cement production: Six cement projects of cumulative
  capacity 18.83 MTPA cleared

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Mining
 
Andhra Pradesh puts Eastern Ghats bauxite mining project on hold
The bauxite deposits fall in tribal areas protected by the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution and have been opposed by tribal groups right from the beginning
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Waste Management
 
Will Dehradun riverfront development project really help the city?
It focuses more on beautification aspects rather than rejuvenating the rivulets that flow through the city

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Newsletter Archives 
Editor's Note
chandra_bhushanDear Readers,
We are back with December issue of Environmental Governance bimonthly newsletter. The newsletter, as you know covers new and upcoming laws and regulations, changes in the regulatory...
- Chandra Bhushan
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Studies and Publications
No evidence of policy-driven fall in US emissions post-2005, says new book
'Capitan America', a comprehensive analysis of the US climate action plan, says US INDCs are neither equitable nor ambitious
 
Fellowships
CSE Media Fellowships for Indian journalists Minor Minerals, Major Story

- Last date for receiving finished applications:
  November 30, 2015
- Fellowship period: One month
  (December 10, 2015-January 10, 2016)
- Number of fellowships on offer: 8
- Fellowship grant amount: Rs 75,000 per head

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