The Central Pollution Control Board has reported that the Bokaro Steel Plant and IISCO Steel Plant of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and 12 sponge iron plants in six states were found to be not complying with environment and air pollution norms, Minister of State for Environment and Forest Jayanthi Natarajan has said.
"Two of the 12 major integrated iron and steel plants were found to be non-compliant," Natarajan said while replying to a query in Lok Sabha.
"Directions under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 were issued to Bokaro Steel Plant, Bokaro and Directions under Section 18 (1) (b) of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 were issued to Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board for Indian Iron & Steel Company (IISCO) Steel Plant, Burnpur," Natarajan said.
In addition, directions were also issued under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to seven sponge iron plants and under Section 18(1) (b) of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 to the State Boards of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to ensure compliance from 16 sponge iron plants, she said.
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