Environment (Protection) Amendment Rules, 2022

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on February 22, 2022 has issued the Environment (Protection) Amendment Rules, 2022 to further amend the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986. This has come into force on February 22, 2022. The following has been stated namely: In Schedule – I entry Sl No. 74 which specify “emission standards for brick kilns” the following has been substituted namely: “Minimum stack height (Vertical Shaft Brick Kilns) - Kiln capacity less than 30,000 bricks per day - 14 m (at least 7.5m from loading platform); Kiln capacity equal or more than 30,000 bricks per day - 16 m (at least 8.5m from loading platform)". All new brick kilns shall be allowed only with zig-zag technology or vertical shaft or use of Piped Natural Gas as fuel in brick making and shall comply to these standards as stipulated in this notification. Brick kilns should be established at a minimum distance of one kilometre from an existing brick kiln to avoid clustering of kilns in an area. The brick kiln owners shall ensure that the road utilized for transporting raw materials or bricks are paved roads and the Vehicles shall be covered during transportation of raw material/bricks.

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