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Coal-based power plants: What is the government missing? | India Together

Originally published in http://indiatogether.org/emission-standards-for-coal-based-thermal-power-plants-environment   The draft notification specifying emission standards for coal-based thermal power plants is a welcome first step towards regulation, but needs much greater attention to detail and further calibration, writes Debadityo Sinha.  02 July 2015 - On 15 May 2015, the Government of India came out with a draft notification on emission standards for coal based thermal power plants, opening it up for public comments. Till the time, there had been no specific emission standards for thermal power plants, except in respect of Particulate Matters which was also very high when compared to global standards. There has been a series of publications in recent years by civil society groups like Greenpeace , Urban Emissions , Centre for Science and Environment on thermal power plants which have made headlines in India.  Some of the country’s premier engineering inst