Threat to shut 14 coal-fired power plants in India

India’s federal pollution regulator has warned 14 coal-fired power plants that they could be shut down and penalized for failing to comply with environmental standards. Nine of the plants are around India’s polluted capital, New Delhi, and five are in south Indian states. The move comes as New Delhi and other Indian cities have been struggling with some of the worst global air pollution levels.

Indian utilities had already won an extension on a December 2017 deadline for coal plants to meet emissions standards, after extensive lobbying by the industry. Only one out of 11 plants around New Delhi – which had an end-of-2019 deadline – is complying with the emission standards for health-damaging sulphur dioxide (SO₂). More than half of India’s coal-fired power plants that were ordered to retrofit equipment to curb SO2 emissions are set to miss deadlines.

Source: Reuters, 5 February 2020

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