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Panel on air, water pollution seeks more experts

Source: The Hindu, Date: , 2014

A high-profile project launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for reduction of toxic gases emanating from burning of tones of biomedical waste from Punjab hospitals has failed to materialize. As many as 28 hospitals from across the state were selected as models where reduction of biomedical waste was supposed to be started. The project, ‘Environmentally Sound Management of Medical Wastes’ was launched in Punjab on January 15, 2013. The project was the result of ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) by India on January 13, 2006 for which the country was required to take up environmentally sound management of POPs, including those generated from incineration of biomedical waste. Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) was made the contractor of the project to assist the select 28 hospitals to deal with the biomedical waste.

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