Environmental Clearance for mining of minor minerals cannot be granted on basis of Regional EIA, NGT

Aditi Singh October 8 2019
Coal Mining

The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal at New Delhi has held that Environmental Clearance for minor mineral mining projects cannot be granted on the basis of a Regional Environmental Impact Assessment (REIA).

The Tribunal has explained that an REIA takes into its ambit an “entire region” which is made up of multiple clusters, as well as other individual lease areas, while the law mandates preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for each of the cluster along with an Environment Management Plan (EMP).

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