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Goa pollution board summons JSW firm for excess coal handling

Coal News - Published on Mon, 08 Jan 2018

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Economic Times reported that The Goa State Pollution Control Board has directed representatives of the South West Port Limited a unit of the JSW Group, to be present before it next week for a hearing in the issue of excess coal handling and consequent air pollution in Vasco.

This is the first time the GSPCB has called for a personal hearing. GSPCB member secretary Levinson Martins stated in the notice that "Failure to remain present before the board on the (stated) date and time will compel the board to proceed further in the matter of the said showcause notice without any further notice to you.”

The GSPCB had issued a showcause notice to SWPL seeking an explanation why the consent to operate granted to the firm should not be revoked for handling coal of an excess amount of 5.987 million tonnes per annum. "Failure to satisfactorily reply to the present notice will compel the board to initiate stringent legal action against you that will include revocation of the renewal of the consent to operate," the GSPCB member secretary had stated in the showcause notice.

The SWPL had subsequently denied that air pollution in the port town was caused due its excess handling of coal at Mormugao Port Trust. It had stated that if GSPCB were to revoke its consent to operate, there would be a deficit of steel in the market.

The company has requested the board for a "grace period" of four weeks before passing any order against the coal-handling plant.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Mon, 08 Jan 2018
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