Panipat refinery fined Rs 62.5 lakh

Flouted Hazardous and Other Wastes Management Rules

Panipat refinery fined Rs 62.5 lakh

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Tribune News Service

Panipat, June 18

The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has imposed Rs 62.5 lakh fine on IOCL refinery here reportedly for flouting the Hazardous and Other Wastes Management (HOWM) Rules, 2016.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) recommended that the financial penalty shall be imposed on all defaulting units for violating the norms for handling and disposal of hazardous wastes.

Following the NGT order, joint teams of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the State Pollution Control Board conducted inspections in all 23 refineries in the country.

During the inspection, it was found that the IOCL, Panipat, was generating 8,505.215 MT of spent catalyst and approximately 400 MT was stored in the three yards of the refinery, he added.

During the verification of the records, it was found that the refinery had stored 1,950 MT of spent catalyst for more than 90 days, which was a violation of the HOWM Rules, 2016.

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