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Govt rejects environment clearance to Vedanta

26 August 2010

In a setback to Vedanta Resources, the Indian government has rejected environment clearance to its $ 1.7 billion bauxite mining project in Orissa after accepting the recommendations of a key panel clearing such ventures

India’s environment ministry has rejected Vedanta Resources Plc’s proposal to mine bauxite in the eastern state of Orissa. Citing reasons for the denial of clearance, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said “there has been a very serious violation of the Environment Protection Act, Forest Conservation Act and Forest Rights Act”.

The government will issue a show-cause notice and take penal action against Vedanta for violating these laws, Ramesh said in New Delhi.

The decision came after the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) which submitted its report to Ramesh after reviewing suggestions given by the N C Saxena Panel seeking a ban on the mining project in Orissa’s Niyamgiri hills in view of various violations at the site. “There have been no emotions and no politics and no prejudice involved in this report. I have taken this decision in a proper legal approach,” Ramesh said. Read more

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