Between 2020 and June 2020, several ash pond accidents have been reported across India. These accidents have caused deaths, extensive pollution of the water, air, soil and loss of property. Unfortunately, the public outrage associated with coal ash pollution remains limited to big disasters.

On 21 July 2020 the Water Tribunal upheld an appeal by groundWork of a water use licence granted to the proposed Khanyisa coal-fired independent power producer owned by ACWA. On 21 July 2020 the Water Tribunal upheld groundWork’s appeal to set aside the Water Use Licence, due to lack of adequate public participation.

As the urgency of the climate crisis grows, new analysis reveals that coal is no longer the cheapest way to power the global economy.

Delayed investments in renewable energy projects can offset environmental gains during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a recent study.The global crisis, caused because of lockdowns in several parts of the world, will defer clean energy investments, said Kenneth Gillingham, the lead author of the study published in

Growth in energy markets slowed in 2019 in line with weaker economic growth and a partial unwinding of some of the one-off factors that boosted energy demand in 2018.This slowdown was particularly evident in the US, Russia and India, each of which exhibited unusually strong growth in 2018.

Undersigned is directed to state that the guidelines for formulation of Mining plan and Mine Closure Plan has been amended. It has been decided by the Government that all coal (including lignite) mining operations in India shall henceforth be governed as per modified guidelines.

Undersigned is directed to state that the guidelines for formulation of Mining plan and Mine Closure Plan has been amended. It has been decided by the Government that all coal (including lignite) mining operations in India shall henceforth be governed as per modified guidelines.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Bijay Mishra Vs Sumitra Kumar Shah & Others dated 26/05/2020.

The matter related to disposal of coal ash into the ash pond by an industrial unit – M/s. Jai Hanuman Udyog Ltd., Jharsuguda, Odisha engaged in manufacture of pig iron, sponge iron, basic steel and iron for which the essential fuel used was coal.

In connection with the allocation of coal blocks the Central Government shall - (a) identify the coal blocks for allocation as per the standard technical parameters; (b) specify the manner of allocation through - (i) auction; or (ii) allotment to Government Company or corporation under clause (a) of the proviso to section 11A of the Act; or (iii

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sudhir Versus State of Chhattisgarh dated 14/05/2020. The matter related to pollution being caused by M/s Metallic Alloys, Plot No. 29, Industrial Growth Centre, Sitara, Phase-III, Raipur, Chhattisgarh by using coke in the course of operation of furnace.

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