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India Delays Anti-Pollution Rules for Coal Power Plants Again

  • Deadline for meeting standards extended by two years to 2024
  • Environment ministry exempts plants approaching closure
Emissions form a coal-fired power plant near residential property in Badarpur, Delhi, India. 

Emissions form a coal-fired power plant near residential property in Badarpur, Delhi, India. 

Photographer: Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

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India’s environment ministry delayed anti-pollution guidelines for coal-fired power plants further, extending the compliance deadline by as long as two years.

Plants located close to populated cities, including capital New Delhi, will now have to meet the standards by December 2022, a seven-year extension from the original plan to cap toxic emissions, including particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen, according to a March 31 notification.