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Simply put: How firecrackers work, impact your health

Source: Indian Express, New Delhi, Date: , 2017

Source: Indian Express, New Delhi, Oct 13, 2017:- Citing toxins in the air, Supreme Court has banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR this Diwali. The only official document on the ‘known health impact’ of fireworks is a compilation of findings of surveys, put together by Central Pollution Control Board. The Indian Express reports what it says In November 2016, as a great smog enveloped Delhi for days after Diwali, the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) told the Supreme Court that the capital’s terrible air quality had been “compounded” by the burning of firecrackers. The EPCA is the pollution watchdog that the central government created for the National Capital Region, based on a 1998 order of the Supreme Court. Following the EPCA’s submission, the court ordered the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, to study the harmful effects of firecrackers. Ten months later, in September 2017, the court said it was “disturbed” to note that its order had not been complied with.

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