Regulation redux (GS-3 Environment)

Issue: Supreme Court has sent a notice to the Centre on a PIL to set up a national environmental regulator under the Environment (Protection) Act.

 Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020:

  • Issues:
    • lack of credibility of the EIA process
    •  ill-equipped to assess the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem service

What to do: 

  • remedies lie in administrative reform
  • produce a whitelist of lands for industry, reclaiming polluted areas