The Environment (Protection) Amendment Rules, 2021

Apr 07, 2021 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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EHS Compliance

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on March 31, 2021 has issued the Environment (Protection) Amendment Rules, 2021 to further amend the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986. 

In Schedule I, serial number 25 which specifies Thermal Power Plant Industry, has been substituted, namely – 

“(i) A task force shall be constituted by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) comprising of representative from Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and CPCB to categorize thermal power plants in three categories as specified in the Table-I based on their location to comply with the emission norms within the time limit as specified in column (4) in the below mentioned Table, namely:

S. NO

Category

Location/Area

Timelines for compliance – Non retiring units

Timelines for compliance –retiring units

1

Category A

Within 10 km radius of National Capital Region or cities having million plus population.

Upto 31st December 2022

Upto 31st December 2022

2

Category B

Within 10 km radius of Critically Polluted Areas2 or Non-attainment cities.

Upto 31st December 2023

Upto 31st December 2025

3

Category C

Other than those included in category A and B

Upto 31st December 2024

Upto 31st December 2025

(ii) The thermal power plant declared to retire before the date as specified in column (5) of Table-I shall not be required to meet the specified norms in case such plants submit an undertaking to CPCB and CEA for exemption on ground of retirement of such plant: Provided that such plants shall be levied environment compensation at the rate of rupees 0.20 per unit electricity generated in case their operation is continued beyond the date as specified in the Undertaking.

(iii) There shall be levied environment compensation on the non-retiring thermal power plant, after the date as specified in column (4) of the above-mentioned Table, as per the rates specified in the below mentioned Table, namely: -

Non-Compliant operation beyond the Timeline

Environmental Compensation (Rs. per unit electricity generated) – Category A

Environmental Compensation (Rs. per unit electricity generated) – Category B

Environmental Compensation (Rs. per unit electricity generated) – Category C

0-180 days

0.10

0.07

0.05

181-365 days

0.15

0.10

0.075

366 days and beyond

0.20

0.15

0.10”

[Notification No- 243(E)]

 

 

 


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