Supreme Court bans use of Pet Coke, in Delhi-NCR
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to ban the use of pet coke and furnace oil in the industries and made it clear that their failure to do so would force it to ban these materials from 1 November.
It also fined the Environment Ministry Rs 2 lakh for not finalising emission norms for industries that use the fuels.
The apex court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), in its report to the top court, had recommended that “distribution, sale and use of furnace oil and petcoke would be strictly banned in NCR”.
The court, in its 2 May this year order, had noted that the use of furnace oil and pet coke was prohibited in Delhi. The bench was also told that governments of UP, Haryana and Rajasthan had no objection if a ban was placed on the use of furnace oil and pet coke. It had granted them the liberty to place such ban.
The court was hearing a PIL filed in 1985 by environmentalist M.C. Mehta who had raised the issue of air pollution in the Delhi-NCR.
Earlier, the court was told about the ill-effects of petcoke and furnace oil used in the industries on ambient air and it was said that emissions from such units were highly toxic as these discharged high sulphur content.