Saturday, 24 November 2012

Study on Asbestos Mining by IBM

New Delhi:(Page3 News Network)-A Science and Technology Project titled ‘Study of Pollution Level in Asbestos Mines and processing plants in Rajasthan’ was undertaken by Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), a subordinate office of the Ministry. The Study recommended that subject to imposition of safeguards on pollution level in work environment, the restrictions imposed on grant and renewal of mining leases and expansion of mining may be lifted.
Recommendations of the Study have been examined in consultation with all stake holders. Some stake holders have suggested that asbestos mining can be permitted with appropriate safeguards. IBM in consultation with Central Pollution Control Board and Directorate General of Mines Safety has prepared draft guidelines laying down the safeguards for mining of asbestos, which are in the process of finalisation in consultation with stakeholders. The restriction on grant/renewal of mining leases of asbestos cannot be lifted till the finalisation of guidelines.
This information was given by the Minister of Mines, Shri Dinsha Patel in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

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