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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
05-September-2011 15:45 IST
Effect on Environment due to Polluting Chemicals
In order to check pollution of environment, the ship-breaking units are required to obtain authorization from the respective State Pollution Control Boards under the Hazardous Wastes (Management, Handling & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2008. Ship-breaking activity is also required to comply with the rules and regulations notified by the respective State Maritime Boards. Further, the directions of the Supreme Court based on the recommendations of the High Powered Committee on Hazardous Waste Management in the matter of Writ Petition (Civil) No.657 of 1995, are to be complied with while undertaking ship-breaking activities. The respective State Pollution Control Boards monitor implementation of the conditions of authorization issued by them as well as the directions of Supreme Court and take necessary action against the defaulting units.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shrimati J. Shantha in Lok Sabha today.