Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding disposal of SPL from aluminium industries, 11/07/2019

  • 11/07/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Ashok Kumar Patjoshi Vs Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change & Others dated 11/07/2019 regarding scientific disposal of Spent Pot Lining (SPL) which is produced by the smelting plants operated by the aluminum industries which contains high level of Cyanide and Fluoride which are carcinogenic and needs to be scientifically utilized/detoxified. The SPL is classified as hazardous waste under the Schedule to the Hazardous Waste Management Rules, 2016.

The matter of disposal of hazardous waste was considered by the Tribunal in another application which has been listed for 26/08/2019, wherein the all the States where hazardous waste was being generated was asked to set up Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) facility of adequate capacity at appropriate locations within three months which was to be monitored by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) by constituting a monitoring committee for the purpose. The disposal of SPL was clubbed with the above matter and CPCB was asked to look into the matter and furnish a report on or before August 26, 2019.