New Delhi: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has taken strict action against 27 sugar mills from UP for flouting effluent discharge norms. According to the news agency PTI, the CPCB has slapped a fine more than Rs 3 crore on them for discharging untreated effluent outside their premises.
The action has been taken against them under the Environmental (Protection) Rules, 1986. CPCB chairman S P S Parihar as given them a deadline of 15 days to deposit the amount.
The sugar manufacturing operations of these mills were shut down. The CPCB has asked them to obtain valid permissions before starting the operation.
During the investigation, some mills were found to be discharging sewerage effluent outside the premises, and some were found discharging molasses into nearby rivers in the state.
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