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.

Joint Committee report by Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) in Original Application No. 31/2020 Hirall Bisen Vs Reliance Sasan Power & Others on the breach in embankment of ash disposal site Island 4 of Sasan Power Limited (SPL) in village Siddhikhurd, post Tiyara, tehsil Waidhan, district Singrauli.

Report by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board on fire accident at M/s Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL), Thermal Power Station-II, Ammeri Village, Virudhachalam Taluk, Neyveli, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu. The TNPCB report is dated July 6, 2020.

NTPC 3x660 MW (stage-I) Sipat Super Thermal Power Project in Village Sipat, Tehsil Masturi at district Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh report in compliance of National Green Tribunal order of February 27, 2020 in the matter of Rashmi Singh Vs NTPC Ltd. & Others.

The applicant had filed an affidavit before NGT in reference to the status report submitted by the Regional MoEF&CC Nagpur dated June 20, 2019 and alleged that there was non-compliance of the EC conditions by the thermal power plant.

Report of the Joint Committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal in Appeal No. 19 of 2017 in the matter of Social Action for Environment and Forest Vs Union of India & Others. The issue for consideration was the validity of Environmental Clearance granted for setting up of thermal power station by the THDC India Limited, at Khurja, District Bulandshahar, State of Uttar Pradesh. The Joint Committee comprised of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. 

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of R. Sreedhar Vs Union of India & Others dated 28/05/2020. The appeal was directed against an amended Environmental Clearance (EC) dated 03.09.2019 granted to M/s. Adani Power (Jharkhand) Ltd., (Project Proponent) by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), permitting withdrawl of water from the river Ganga for the proposed thermal power project at Godda, Jharkhand to be set up by Adani.

Compliance report filed by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) in the matter for Action for Vigilance and Knowledge for Empowerment Vs Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd. & Others.

Report of Punjab Pollution Control Board in compliance of National Green Tribunal order of January 27, 2020. Darshan Singh, retired engineer of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited had filed an application before the NGT and said that he has prepared a project report to convert coal fired thermal plant at Bathinda to paddy straw fired power plant - which would result in reduction of pollution, taking place on account of burning of paddy straw.

Bangladesh is among the countries most affected by air pollution, with the life expectancy in the country reduced by almost 2 years due to the impacts of pollution exposure on health.

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