Kochi

Environment clearance for waste-to-energy plant

Work on the plant to begin in November

The waste-to-energy plant at Brahmapuram has secured the crucial Environment Clearance (EC) from the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA).

With the project securing EC, work will begin next month, said those associated with the plant.

The 97th meeting of the authority, which issued the clearance, directed the project proponent to “ensure sufficient plinth area for covered waste storage facility/shed under roof with odour control and leachate collection facility during the regular operation of the plant as well as at the time of maintenance/breakdown.” The authority felt that the 8,000-sq.m. covered area proposed in the project was insufficient.

GJ Eco Power, the project proponent, was directed to put in place necessary precautionary facilities for the safe “storage of incoming waste and to ensure that it is stored safely for further processing without causing environmental issues.”

Proper “odour extraction and odour control facilities, along with the proposed wood chips-based biofilter odour control facilities for the waste unloading area, waste storage area, and pre-processing areas” shall be provided. Necessary emission control/emission gas cleaning facilities and ambient air quality monitoring facilities shall also be installed, the project proponent was instructed.

A local level monitoring committee should also be formed by including elected representatives of local bodies in the area, Kerala State Pollution Control Board, Kerala Suchitwa Mission, and the district administration should be formed. The Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules 2000 shall be followed, it was directed.

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