Deadlines for coal-based power plants to meet new emission norms extended, environmentalists fume

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Environment News: NEW DELHI: The Centre has extended deadlines for coal-based power plants to adopt new emission standards by up to three years and even allowed the def.
NEW DELHI: The Centre has extended deadlines for coal-based power plants to adopt new emission standards by up to three years and even allowed the defaulters to continue their operations after paying penalty if they miss the new timelines.

Thermal power plants (TPPs) located in different regions will, however, have different deadlines with maximum three years being given to those in comparatively lesser polluting areas. New deadlines were issued by the the environment ministry on Wednesday.

As it will be the third deadline since notification of new emission norms for the coal-fired TPPs, the move drew criticism from environmentalists who said the extension will have grave repercussions for fight against air pollution.

Though TPPs located within 10 km radius of the national capital region (NCR) or the cities having more than one million population will have to adhere to the December 31, 2022 deadline, others including retiring units will have graded deadlines up to December 31, 2025.

The TPPs will have to install pollution control equipment such as flue gas desulphurization (FGD) units within the extended…
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