New Enhanced Rates of Financial Support for Torrefaction Plants

The maximum financial assistance for setting up of torrefaction plant is raised from INR 28 lakh to INR 56 lakh per Ton Per Hour (TPH) production capacity or 40% of capital cost for plant and machinery of one TPH plant, whichever is lower. Moreover, the amount of total financial assistance was also enhanced from INR 1.4 crore per proposal to INR 2.8 crore per proposal.

Battery Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2023

These amendments aim to ensure the sustainable production of batteries and improve waste management practices. The rules emphasize environmental responsibility and compliance with Extended Producer Responsibility targets.

Certified RECD Vendors for Diesel Generators (Up to 1000 KVA) Announced

The list of certified vendors for the Retrofit Emission Control Device (RECD) applicable to Diesel Generators (DG) up to 1000 KVA has been released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). These certifications are essential to ensure the environmental compliance and efficiency of DG sets. As of August 30, 2023, the following vendors have been certified for different capacity ranges.

Extension in release of Imported Consignments of Producers of 106 EEE items

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has clarified that the interim arrangement of release of imported consignments of producers of 106 EEE items shall be extended to 15th September, 2023. It may be recalled that CPCB had previously notified that this interim arrangement would be effective till 31st August, 2023.

PWPs directed to complete Generation of EPR Certificates

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has directed all Plastic Waste Processors (PWPs) to complete Generation of EPR Certificates. The EPR Certificates for sales made in 2022-2023 must be generated on the Centralised EPR Portal for plastic packaging by 31st October, 2023.

XXXVIth Analytical Quality Control (AQC) Exercise

The AQC Exercise is aimed at ensuring the accuracy and reliability of environmental data produced by laboratories recognized under the Environmental Protection Act of 1986, as well as the environmental laboratories operated by CPCB, State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs), and Pollution Control Committees (PCCs).

Guidelines on Management of Pyro-metallurgical Slags (Copper Smelters)

Pyro-metallurgical slags are classified as “High Volume Low Effect Waste” (HVLE waste) under the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016. The management of these waste types will be governed by separate guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board.