MoEFCC issues a draft notificationon flyash disposal by TPPs

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has issued draft notifications for thermal power plants (TPPs) for disposal of fly ash and bottom ash.

The notification mentions that power plants should supply fly ash to nearby construction units free of cost, if they have been unable to dispose the ash through other means. The TPPs shall also issue notices to nearby user industries to inform them about the availability of surplus fly ash. Construction unit at the distance of a 300 km radius or less of the TPPs will be responsible for utilisation of the fly ash if they do not have pre-existing tie-ups. The notification also proposes a penalty of Rs 1,500 per tonne on the fly ash user industries for non-compliance and a penalty of Rs 1,000 per tonne on power generators if the residue is not disposed in time. The notification also mentions the procedure for supply of ash and ash-based products as well as enforcement, monitoring, audit and reporting for ensuring compliance of the provisions.