SC seeks guidelines for SO2 emissions by calciner industry

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to establish guidelines/standards for sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions for the calciner industry.

This issue was raised before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra conducting the hearing on a matter associated with pollution.

Declining to give any relief to a company associated with calciners, the court, instead, emphasized that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change should draw out standards for SO2 emission standards. Calciner and aluminium industries import pet coke for use as feedstock.

The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), appointed by the court, had expressed concern that pet coke is a highly polluting fuel and therefore, it is essential to exercise control on its import.

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