Power plants to use only quality, washed coal: Environment Ministry

Power plants in urban and industrial areas can use only washed coal that is less polluting. The environment ministry has issued stringent notification effective from January 1, 2014 on quality of coal used for power generation.

As per the notification, thermal power plants located beyond 500 km from the mine should use only treated coal that has gross calorific value below 4000 Kcal/kg. The same applies for captive thermal power plant of more than 100 mw capacity and located beyond 500 km from pit head.

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