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Ban on pet coke and furnace oil might be relaxed: MoEF to SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) today told the Supreme that ban on use of pet coke and furnace may be relaxed for a certain period for power generation and cement manufacturing industries.

The ministry told a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta that in cement manufacturing units, use of pet coke was "miniscule" and for non-fuel purposes, while the use of furnace in electricity generation plants was also very low.

The Centre had earlier informed the top that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had issued a direction prohibiting the use of pet coke and furnace until further orders in the states of Uttar Pradesh, and

The ministry today told the bench that in power plants, furnace oil was not used as a fuel and if its use was allowed, it might be done for a year so that in the meantime, they could come up with alternate mechanism.

The bench asked the ministry to file an affidavit in this regard and posted the matter for hearing next week.

The apex had on November 22 refused to modify the Centre's notification banning use of furnace oil and pet coke in Uttar Pradesh, and and asked the NTPC, which was seeking relaxation till it switched over to alternative fuel, to approach the government.

The court had on October 24 banned the use of pet coke and furnace oil in the three states from November 1 in view of the pollution levels in Delhi-NCR and noted that these states had no objection to it. The use of pet coke and furnace oil is already prohibited in Delhi.

The court was hearing a PIL filed in 1985 by environmentalist M C Mehta who had raised the issue of air pollution in the Delhi-NCR.

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First Published: Mon, December 04 2017. 19:11 IST