Draft Environment (Protection) (Amendment) Rules, 2024

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has proposed significant amendments to the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986. These draft amendments aim to enhance environmental protection by strengthening enforcement mechanisms. The draft amendments were published July 18, 2024.

The Central Pollution Control Board Issues New Updates to Draft Report on Classification of Sectors in Red, Orange, Green, White and Blue Categories

On July 11, 2024, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) invited comments on updates to the Draft Report on Sector Classification. Key changes include:

Revised Section 6: Updated from “Types of sectors based on their activities” to “Types of sectors considered for classification.”
New Section 9: Added after Section 8, detailing incentives for sectors adopting measures for improved environmental performance.

SOP For ZLD Verification Of Distilleries

The Government of India has implemented a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to streamline the verification process for Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) systems in distilleries. This initiative aims to expedite the disbursement of financial assistance under a scheme promoting ethanol production.

Deadline Extended For Submission Of Waste Tyre & E-Waste Reports

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has extended the deadline for producers and recyclers of waste tyres and e-waste to file their quarterly and annual reports. The deadline for filing reports for the financial year 2023-24 has been extended from June 30, 2024 to August 31, 2024.

The Gujarat Laws (Amendment Of Provisions) Ordinance, 2024

The Government of Gujarat on July 1, 2024, issued the Gujarat Laws (Amendment Of Provisions) Ordinance, 2024 to further amend the provisions of the Acts made by the State Of Gujarat to give effect to the references to the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), 2023, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS), 2023 and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam (BSA), 2023 in place of reference to the Indian Penal Code, 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Evidence Act, 1872 respectively in the said Acts.

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board Extends Amnesty Scheme for Industry Penal Fees

The original Amnesty Scheme waived a portion of penal fees for industries and healthcare establishments violating air and water pollution control regulations like delayed consent applications or operating without consent. This scheme was applicable for applications submitted between March 1 to May 31, 2024. Considering a positive industry response, the MPCB has extended the scheme for an additional three months, from June 1, 2024 to August 31, 2024.

CAQM Enhances Plantation Drive to Combat Air Pollution

Recognizing the effectiveness of vegetation in mitigating dust, a major contributor to poor air quality, CAQM has set ambitious plantation targets. After exceeding the 2022-23 target of 3.85 crore new plantations, the Commission is aiming even higher for 2024-25, with a target of 4.5 crore new trees across NCR states and Delhi.

India Leads the Way in Drafting Legal Framework for “One Health” Initiative

The consultation aims to assess India’s current legal framework for “One Health” activities. Participants will identify gaps and overlaps in existing laws and regulations, fostering multi-sectoral dialogue to develop actionable recommendations. The goal is to create a legal environment that facilitates collaboration between sectors responsible for human, animal, and environmental health.

CPCB Issues Report on Pollution Source Mapping of River Hindon & Its Tributaries And Restoration Plan for Polluted Stretches

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued a report highlighting the complex challenges associated with river rejuvenation projects in India. The report aims to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and practical application for effective river rejuvenation. It focuses rejuvenation efforts to restore a river’s natural self-purification abilities, making it sustainable in the long run.

Draft Indian Petroleum and Explosives Safety Service (Amendment) Rules, 2024

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is seeking public comment on the proposed appointment of a Director (Administration) at the Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) headquarters in Nagpur. Stakeholders can submit their feedback by July 20, 2024, to Shri Pritam Kumar, Under Secretary (Explosives), DPIIT.