Automobile workshop industry asks to ensure compliance of Hazardous Waste Rules 2008

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2017 12:18:48

Staff Reporter,

IN A bid to check pollution of water and air and hazardous waste the automobile workshop industry has been asked to ensure compliance of Hazardous Waste Rules, 2008.

Subsequent to the direction given by green panel the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notices to to automobile service centres and parental companies for flouting environmental norms. In the petition with regards to the various automobile workshops which did not comply with the requirements of air, water and hazardous waste consents were brought to notice and it was also asked to submit their environmental clearance report .

Besides, it was also found that automobile workshops are not under compliance of Air and Water Acts which have not been made necessary compliance under the Hazardous Waste Rules, 2008 has not been obtained. Notices were also issued to Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board, Bhopal Municipal Corporation, Madhya Pradesh Electricity Distribution Company so that regular monitoring can be undertaken.

The service stations are located amidst residential areas and discharge enormous amount of spent oil in the land pits, nearby water sources and channels including drainage, as well as to various other unknown sources. It was also brought to notice earlier that they don’t follow procedure laid down by law to dispose and handle toxic used, spent oil generated by the company at its service stations, being generated from the servicing and changing of oil, of various automobiles at their service stations and also there is no effluent treatment plant to treat hazardous waste. It was also suggested that there should be ‘Polluter Pays’ principle applied on those automobile service station workshops for having operated their workshops without due consents and installation of necessary equipments. This is a part from any penal consequence that they may be liable under various Acts .