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Environment clearance must for exporting dumps: MoEF tells Goa

PTI Panaji | Updated on November 16, 2017 Published on July 18, 2012

Any dump mining being carried out in Goa is, therefore, completely violating conditions of EC granted by the Ministry and is illegal.

In order to halt the Goa Government’s move to allow handling of mining rejects, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has said that the environmental clearance (EC) is mandatory before allowing these dumps to be exported.

The MoEF Secretary, Dr Tishya Chatterjee, has written to the Goa Chief Secretary, Mr Sanjay Srivastava, stating that exporting dumps without obtaining EC is an illegal act and the state government should immediately stop it.

The Goa Government wants to allow handling of iron ore dumps as a part of its mining policy, which is being drafted.

The export of rejects is currently banned since October, 2010.

It has come to the notice of the MOEF that mining of low grade ore or rejected dumps is being carried outside the State of Goa without obtaining EC, the Secretary said.

The Ministry has pointed out that EC granted for mining leases by them did not include dump mining. “Any dump mining being carried out in Goa is, therefore, completely violating conditions of EC granted by the Ministry and is illegal,” the letter said.

“It is requested that immediate action may be taken by the state government to forthwith stop all such dump mining being carried out in the State of Goa,” the letter added.

The Goa Government has been asked to submit an action taken report within two weeks.

Meanwhile, Mr Srivastava said that the letter has been referred to the State Principal Secretary (Mines), Mr R K Verma, for further action.

Published on July 18, 2012
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