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Failure to set up Independent Environment Regulator 

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  • March 12, 2021
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Failure to set up Independent Environment Regulator 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Environment 

In news

  • The Supreme Court has asked the government to explain why it had not set up an “independent environment regulator” to oversee green clearances.

Key takeaways 

  • In ‘Lafarge mining case’, the SC had ordered the setting up of a national environment regulatory body to ensure independent oversight of green clearances. 
  • Such a regulator should appraise projects, enforce environmental conditions for approvals and to impose penalties on polluters.
  • SC had made it clear that till such mechanism was put in place, the Environment Ministry (MoEF) should prepare a panel of accredited institutions from which alone the project proponent should obtain the Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the Terms of Reference to be formulated by the MoEF.

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