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PANJIM: In what could be termed as another blow to the mining industry, MoEF has kept the ECs of 139 mines in abeyance, asking lessees to forward documents to it for verification.

They have also been slapped with show cause notices as to why mines should not be closed due to various alleged violations under EPA and EC. The official suspension follows the announcement made by Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan during her state visit last week. This announcement from MoEF comes close on the heels of suspension of ore extraction at all mines in the state, ordered by the state government last week. The state government ordered suspension of ore extraction after disclosure by the Shah Commission that all 90 mines are operating illegally.

PANJIM: Tightening the screws on the state government for its seemingly belligerent attitude on mining dumps, the Ministry of Environments and Forests (MoEF) has issued show cause notices to 46 companies for mining from low grade iron ore /reject dumps in the State.

The 46 mining companies have been issued show cause notices for allegedly violating provisions of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2006. The notices dated September 9, 2012 and issued under section 5 of Environment Protection Act (EPA) 1986, have to be replied to within 15 days stating why environmental clearances (ECs) granted to them should not be revoked, and direction for their closure not be issued under the Environment Protection Act

Amid widespread anticipation that the Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) might recommend cancellation of more coal block allotments after naming four such distributions last week, the promoters of Navabharat power project and sources in Odisha government said there is uncertainty over the 2,250 MW power project of the company in the state.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR against Navabharat Power Private Ltd for selling the company to Essar Power Ltd in an irregular manner after getting coal allocation in Rampia and Dip side of Rampia blocks in western Odisha.

Projects steel demand at 202-233 MT

The draft National Steel Policy has pegged the country's steel making capacity in the range of 244-281 million tonne by 2025-26. The policy seeks to replace the existing one that was formulated in 2005, and suggest ways to create an environment conducive for the growth of the industry that is plagued by issues such as land acquisition and raw material scarcity.

VASCO: The environmental public hearing on coal and iron dust pollution in Vasco witnessed noisy scenes, even as the meeting had to be postponed as Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) failed to serve 30 days notice.

The GSPCB in a notification dated August 31 had fixed the public hearing in the Mormugao Municipal Council hall, Vasco, on Sunday. The public hearing was convened as part of the public consultation process in grant of environmental clearance for the development of 7.2 million metric tonnes per annum (MMPTA) iron-ore export terminal west of breakwater on DBFOT basis at Mormugao Port.

A public interest litigation (PIL) seeking cancellation of lease and environmental clearance granted to Ambuja Cement Ltd for mining in Verval region of Junagadh district has been filed in the Gujarat Hgih court. The PIL also seeks stay on mining activities of the company while the case was pending with the court.

The petitioner Paryavaran Bachav Samiti (PBS) has also alleged that the cement company had indulging in theft of minerals worth over Rs 5 crore from government owned land and sought penal actions against Ambjua Cement Ltd under the India Penal Code (IPC).

Constitution of committee for inspection of M/s Adani Port and SEZ Ltd, Mundra, Gujarat. The Ministry of Environment & Forests had granted Environment and CRZ clearance on 12.01.2009 to M/s Adani Port and SEZ Limited (formerly Mundra Port and SEZ Limited) for the development of port facilities at Mundra, District Kutch, Gujarat.

The committee is expected to give its report in mid-October

Ahead of the B K Chaturvedi committee's assessment on the impact of hydel projects on the Ganga river, the Uttarakhand government is expecting a positive report on the issue. It has also started lobbying for the allocation of coal blocks. During the past three years, a series of hydel projects had either been scrapped or suspended on environmental and religious grounds in the hill state, with the Centre setting up the Chaturvedi Committee to examine the impact of hydel projects on the biodiversity in the state. The committee is expected to give its report in mid-October.

Less than a week after the Justice M B Shah Commission submitted its report on Goa’s illegal mining of iron ore and manganese indicating that mining leases got green clearances based on wrong facts

Most clearances are learnt to have been granted during 2007-09, when PM Manmohan Singh held the environment portfolio

In a major crackdown on illegal mining in mineral-rich Goa, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) on Wednesday suspended the environment clearances of all 93 leases in the state, asking the mine owners to file their documents. Some of the projects came under attack for illegal mining belong to Dempo Mining Corp, Emco Goa, Mineira National, Sesa Goa, V M Salgaocar & Bro and Chowgule & Co. Many of these clearances are learnt to have been granted during 2007-09, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held the environment portfolio.

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