SC issues notices over bio-med waste treatment plants sans green clearance

SC issues notices over bio-med waste treatment plants sans green clearance

SC issues notices over bio-med waste treatment plants sans green clearance

The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre and the state government on a plea contending that no bio-medical waste treatment plant be allowed to run without prior environmental clearance.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan sought response from the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board on a petition by D Swamy, a Mysuru resident.

Advocate Sanjay M Nuli, representing the petitioner, challenged the order of the National Green Tribunal, Chennai bench, of May 10, 2017, dismissing his plea for closure of the common bio-medical waste treatment facility, run by GIPS Biotech in Jayapura hobli, Mysuru.

He sought a direction to disconnect electricity supply to the facility on account of non-compliance with the provisions of the environment impact assessment notification, 2006, as amended on April 17, 2015.

"The NGT bench did not take into consideration the order passed on November 28, 2013 by the principal bench, New Delhi, directing all those running such plants, handling, treating and disposing of bio-medical waste to apply with the Ministry of Environment and Forests for environment clearance within one month," his plea said.

Any plant discharging and disposing of hazardous bio-medical waste can be permitted only on the fulfilment of the regulations and guidelines issued by the authorities, it said.

The particular plant did not take prior environmental clearance and neither did it have any authorisation under the rules, the petitioner said.

It was located hardly at a distance of 100 feet from the national highway, 200 metres from a residential locality and 8 km from forest area, which is in violation of the guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board as well, he said.

The petitioner contended that people from Gujjegowdanapura, Manadalli, Harohalli, Chunchunarayahundi, Kallahalli, Arinakere and Mahadevapura in Jayapura hobli have already made a representation to the authorities for banning the plant on the ground that it will be injurious to their health, being in violation of environment safety norms and environment laws.