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Polluting industries face SC fury-----‘Set up effluent treatment plants in three months or shut down’

Source: The New Indian Express, Date: February , 2017

The New Indian Express, New Delhi, Feb 2017: Taking a serious view of industries letting out effluents into rivers and water bodies resulting in pollution, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that all the industries to ensure that they put in place their effluent treatment plants (ETPs) and make them functional in three months. The court warned that power supply will be cut off to these industrial units if there is no compliance in this regard. A three-judge bench of Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Sanjay K. Kaul passed this order on a PIL alleging that industries are not setting up ETPs and even the ETPs are not fully operational. It was pointed out that effluents were released even from ETPs as they are not adhering to the standards. The bench said those units which release effluents above the permissible norm would also meet with a similar fate. They would then have to prove to the respective state pollution boards that they had removed the problem before they are allowed to resume operations again.

 Read More: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/feb/22/industrial-units-must-have-effluent-treatment-plants-supreme-court-1573489.html

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