Report filed by the KSPCB on seashore mining, Alappad and Chavara in Kollam district, Kerala, 08/02/2021

Report filed by the Chief Environmental Engineer, Kerala State Air pollution Management Board dated 08/02/2021 relating to unlawful mining carried out by M/s. Indian Uncommon Earths Restricted (IREL) and M/s. Kerala Minerals & Metals Restricted (KMML) alongside the coastal space of Alappad and Chavara in Kollam district, Kerala.

The Committee constituted as per the path of the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT), included the Central Air pollution Management Board (CPCB) and Kerala State Air pollution Management Board (KSPCB) – had assessed the interim injury prompted to the setting as a result of unsustainable mining of the industries.

The NGT by means of its order of September 8, 2020 directed the KSPCB to implement environmental norms which included the appliance of ‘polluter pays precept’.

The KSPCB has mentioned that environmental injury has already been established resulting from extreme seashore mining by each the businesses and the SPCB would proceed with the levying of the injury assessed upon the items – M/s Indian Uncommon Earths Restricted and M/s. Kerala Minerals and Metals Restricted. Present trigger notices have been issued underneath part 5 of the Atmosphere Safety Act 1986 to each the businesses. 

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