In many regulated markets, private, third-party auditors are chosen and paid by the firms that they audit, potentially creating a conflict of interest. This article reports on a two-year field experiment in the Indian state of Gujarat that sought to curb such a conflict by altering the market structure for environmental audits of industrial plants to incentivize accurate reporting. There are three main results. First, the status quo system was largely corrupted, with auditors systematically reporting plant emissions just below the standard, although true emissions were typically higher.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Pradeep More & Others Vs. State of Maharashtra & Others dated 09/10/2013 regarding pollution to river Chandrabhaga caused by industries.

Original Source: http://www.greentribunal.gov.in/orderinpdf/1-2013%20(WZ)(OA)_9Oct2013.pdf

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Court on its own motion Vs State of Punjab regarding industrial pollution in the towns of Amritsar and Bhatinda dated 24/07/2013.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Haryana SPCB Vs Appellate Authority Anr regarding the running of the Distillery unit dated 27/05/2013.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Indiana Chemport & Anr. Vs Govt. of Gujarat & Ors regarding functioning of the ETP dated 24/05/2013.

Promising corrective action vis-à-vis pollution in the Cuncolim Industrial Estate, Environment Minister, Alina Saldanha has said she would personally visit the Estate next week to take stock of the situation on the pollution front.

Speaking to newsmen at Chinchinim on the sidelines of the awareness program on Garbage management, Saldanha said the situation is indeed alarming if pollution have affected the health and life of the local populace. “I am going to see that corrective measures are taken in the industrial estate immediately. I will visit the Industrial estate by the weekend”, she said.

Microporous activated carbons with high surface area are of great interest for the remediation of textile wastewater in a sustainable manner. An activated carbon prepared from Euphorbia antiquorum L (EAC) was impregnated with Polyvinyl alcohol solution to provide mechanical stability and increase the abrasion resistance. The surface area of EAC and PVAC were 918 and 713.8 m2/g respectively. An adsorption characteristic of the Polyvinyl Alcohol Supported Activated Carbon (PVAC) was analyzed with the help of pseudo first order and second order kinetic models.

Yet hazardous waste remains in Plot No L-2

MARGAO: The South Goa district authorities on Thursday unsealed one of the two plots owned by The Axis in the Cuncolim Industrial Estate, but there seems no urgency on the part of the authorities to either treat or remove the tons of hazardous waste stored in the second plot. A team headed by Deputy Collector, Margao Surendra Naik descended at the industrial estate around noon and removed the seal from plot No L-3. Plot No L-2 owned by The Axis, which is playing host to tons of hazardous waste, will remain sealed.

Five non-government organisations working among the survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster on Thursday stated that high levels of Dioxins and Furans were released from the Ramky waste incinerator at Pithampur near Indore during four trial runs between July 2010 and June 2012 and charged the Madhya Pradesh government of being silent spectator to the deliberate and repeated “poisoning of people”.

Releasing the documents obtained through the Right to Information Act, the representatives of the NGOs said that because of the high organochlorine content of the Union Carbide waste, they were likely to emit higher volumes of Dioxins and Furans on incineration. This has been corroborated through documents obtained.

Distillery effluents represent a heavy source of environmental pollution owing to high concentration of readily decomposable organic matters. In this study, biogas potential of distillery wastewater treated in an anaerobic sequencing batch biofilm reactor (ASBBR) was investigated.

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