“More than 30 industries that have zero-pollution load have been exempted from taking environmental clearance even as the Centre today released a new four-colour classification scheme for industries based on their pollution potential. Under the new categorisation system, industries which pollute the most have been put in the red category while the moderately polluting units are classified orange.
“…Terming it a “landmark” decision which gives a “fair picture” of the industries, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the new system of re-categorisation is based on an elaborate scientific exercise. The existing system was creating problems because it did not reflect the actual pollution caused by the various units. The Environment Ministry said that 60 industries, including sugar, thermal power plants, paints and others, which have a pollution index score of 60 and above, will be in the red category while 83 industries like coal washeries and automobile servicing which have scores ranging between 41-59 will be in the orange category….” The Economic Times. Read it on delhiair.org.