MINUTES OF 43rd EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (EAC) (THERMAL & COAL MINING) MEETING HELD ON 21st-22nd FEBRUARY 2012 IN SCOPE COMPLEX, LODI ROAD, NEW DELHI.

 

COAL MINING PROJECTS

The 43rd meeting of the reconstituted EAC (T &C) was held on 21st -22nd February 2012 in SCOPE Convention Centre, SCOPE Complex, New Delhi to consider the projects of coal mining sector. The list of participants of EAC and the proponents are given at Annexure-1 and 2 respectively.

Confirmation of minutes

The minutes of the 41st meeting of EAC (T&C) held on 23rd-24th January 2012 and was confirmed subject to the following corrections:

 

(i)         Page 1, Title: The words “Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex” is replaced with the words “SCOPE Convention Centre, SCOPE Complex”

 

(ii)        Agenda Item No. 18: Introduction of a Peak capacity of 11.5 MTPA for Piparwar OCP (10 MTPA– clarification of M/s CCL vide e-mail dated 12.01.2012.

 

The following sentences would be added at the beginning of the minutes for Agenda Item18:

A proposal for modification of EC granted on 11.06.2007 to Piparwar OCP of 10 MTPA was made by M/s Central Coalfields Ltd to introduce a peak capacity of 11.5 MTPA in the EC letter. The proposal was inadvertently placed in the agenda as TOR and minuted accordingly in the minutes of EAC (T&C) meeting held on 28th-29th November. However, the proposal was considered for modification of the EC for introduction of peak capacity. The MOEF thereafter received a letter dated 12.01.2012 from M/s Central Coalfields Ltd, based on which the proposal was further considered and recommended for introduction of a peak capacity of 11.5 MTPA in the EC granted on 11.06.2007.

 

 

The agenda items were taken up as given below:

 

1.         Meeting with CMPDI on Scoping of Coalmine Projects of Coal India Ltd.

 

A brief presentation was made. Dir (Tech.), CMPDI informed that on the basis of recommendation/Circular from Dept. of Public Enterprises, Coal India/CMPDI has initiated a study through TISS on the CSR issues. It was stated that the TOR was similar for most cases and hence a generic TOR for Opencast, Underground and for Coal Washeries could be made. In case of site specific issues such as presence of endangered flora and fauna, diversion of major nalas, and construction of embankment, etc, site specific TORs could be given for OC mining projects and in case of UG projects, study on presence of endangered fauna/flora, subsidence and issues of safety and risk assessment for mining near rivers/nalas and other water bodies should be studied by site specific TORs.

 

The EAC stated that TOR for new (virgin blocks) coalmine projects is exhaustive as new coal blocks are coming up in virgin areas of coalfields with rich forests and wildlife and detailed appraisal of the status of the environment and an environmental management plan, where the project is to be established, is required. In case of expansion in production of such projects, an EIA study on the incremental impacts of the proposed expansion should be made along with an EMP on the existing and proposed environment management plan for mitigating the incremental impacts. The EAC stated that due to increased pressure for coal production to address energy needs of the country, technological options, which are environmentally friendly, have not been properly developed or being given due attention and have not been implemented by Coal India companies over the past several decades. In this regard, the Committee also stated that more and more coal projects are being submitted for opencast operations for depths below 200m and even as deep as 400m, which should preferably be done by underground mining or a combination of opencast-cum-underground mining. The Committee desired that the CMPDI should opt for opencast-cum-underground mining in such cases to reduce the extent of land degradation by opencast mining. In regard to study the impact of location of OB dumps on rivers and other surface water bodies, the EAC opined that the matter requires to be examined on a case to case basis.

 

It was further decided that a separate meeting on other issues such as requirements of final mine closure and optimal depth of final water body vis-à-vis re-handling of OB also requires further discussions for which the concerned coal subsidiaries and CMPDI attached to the subsidiaries should also be invited. The Committee also desired that the matter of impacts of mining on ground water in coalfield areas also need to be discussed with CGWB and wherein Dr.Arijit Dey, former member EAC should also be invited to participate.

 

The EAC requested Dir (T), CMPDI to study the time frame taken by the EAC in consideration and recommendation of TORs to Coal India projects and furnish the details to MOEF and to the EAC. 

 

 

2.         Expansion of Chitarpur Coal Mining Project (2 MTPA to 6.75 MTPA in existing ML area of 555.34 ha and an area of 230.43 ha outside the ML and expansion of pit-head coal washery from 1 MTPA to 6.75 MTPA) of M/s Corporate Ispat Alloys Ltd., located in dist. Latehar, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that EC was granted in 2007. Tthe mine has, however, not started production as ML was not executed. The present proposal is for expansion in production from 2 MTPA to 6.75 MTPA and expansion in coal washery from 1 MTPA to 6.75 MTPA. Of the 6.75 MTPA of raw coal, 0.88 MTPA would be clean coal for the linked DRI Plant. About 80% of middling is for linked TPP. Coal rejects (7%) would be backfilled into the mine voids. The project involves 185 ha of forestland of the total ML area of 555 ha. The forestland forms a part of Chakla RF. The linked DRI Plant which was originally proposed to be established at Hazaribagh has been shifted to Karsawa. It was informed that EC has been obtained for the linked DRI Plant and TPP.

 

The Committee desired that details of linked DRI Plant and the TPP, its original location, the change in location, proposed mode of transportation, details of EC obtained should be furnished for further consideration of the proposal for framing of TOR. The Committee also desired that a Revised Mining Plan would be required at the EC stage for enhancing production of coalmine-cum-washery to 6.75 MTPA. The Committee desired that since there is a change in location of the linked plant and increase in production from the earlier approved Block Allotment Letter and in the approved Mining Plan, approval of the MOC is necessary and details thereof submitted to MOEF.

 

 

 

3.         Dulanga Opencast Coal Mining Project (7 MTPA in an area of 803.71ha which            includes 567.19 ha of ML and 236.52 ha outside the ML) of M/s National Thermal          Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC), Ib valley coalfields, Dist. Sundergarh, Orissa             (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on             17.01.2008)

 

The proposal was last considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 17th -18th October 2011 and the clarifications sought by the Committee received on 8th December 2011 were further considered. The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that at the end of 24th year, a total area of 466.46 ha would be reclaimed with plantation, in addition to existing undisturbed area within the ML. A calendar plan of OB management plan (internal and external) for the total 394 Mm3 of OB to be generated from the project was presented. It was informed that two external dumps and one backfilling of internal void is proposed. An estimated 38.5 Mm3 of OB would be stored in one external dump during the initial two years and during 3rd and 4th year both external and internal dumping would be followed. From the 5th year onwards there would be only concurrent backfilling and external dumping would cease. The backfilling is in two internal dumps- eastern dump of 55m above gl and the western internal dump of 75m above gl. A central haul road divides the two dumps.

 

It was informed that the OB dump along the western side of an area of 244 ha would be brought to almost ground level for post-mining land use by rehandling of an estimated 112 Mm3 of OB during 5 years after end of mine life (EOL). However, the dump along the east would be about 30m above ground level. An estimated 112 Mm3 of OB is proposed to be re-handled from the eastern and western OB dumps. It was stated that at the post mining stage, a void of an area of 159ha and max. depth of 45-50m would be left. It was stated that an area of 286.74 ha within the ML (which includes an area of 226.23 ha of quarry area) and an area of 179.72 ha outside the ML would be developed with plantation. The proponent informed that a Plan for utilisation of flyash generated from the linked Darlipalli TPS is under finalisation which does not involve filling up of mine voids during the life of the mine. The matter of dumping flyash into mine voids at the end of mine life (after 26th year), would be considered as an option only after a detailed feasibility study on dumping of flyash into mine voids and all preventive measures as per statutory norms prevailing at that time would be undertaken. The various options for diversion of Garia Nala, Baidhara Nala and Nala B and its realignment were presented and the proponent informed that Option-3 was found to be the most feasible option, whereby the plan for their diversion to be taken up during the 8th and 10th year. The proponent agreed to monitor levels of fluoride in the groundwater both in dug wells and by installing peizometers in the study area at appropriate locations. It was informed that transport of coal to Darlipalli TPS located at a distance of about 10km would be by MGR. It was clarified that the 15km radius of the study area does not form a part of the elephant migratory corridor, however, elephants are found and occasionally visit the area. Sambalpur Elephant Reserve is at a distance of 25km from the ML. It was informed that a WL Conservation Plan has been prepared for the elephants found/visiting in the study area and submitted to PCCF (WL), Govt. of Orissa on 21.08.2010. It was agreed that recommendations on blowing of horn for alerting animals crossing railway track, sensitising the rail drivers and minimising speed during such crossings would also be implemented. It was informed that R&R involves 417 PAPs and 309 homestead losers. A detailed R&R Plan would be formulated in consultation with the various stakeholders as per prevalent R&R Policies and would cover R&R for individuals and for the displaced community as a whole. The broad features of the R&R Plan were presented. It was further informed that a Rehabilitation and Peripheral Development Committee (RPDAC) has been constituted by the Govt. of Odhisha for this purpose. It was informed that it is proposed to complete the R&R by Dec. 2014. It was informed that an amount of Rs 67.69 lakhs has been already spent on CSR and further, a provision of Rs 30-40 crores has been earmarked for CSR for the first 5 years and Rs 5/T of coal as recurring expenditure. It was informed that the revised Mining Plan reducing the dense forest area has been submitted for approval to MOC on 17.10.2011.

 

The Committee desired that an integrated calendar plan of production including the details re-handling separately in external and internal dumps as discussed in the meeting should be furnished to MOEF for record. The Committee desired that the temporary OB dumps which require re-handling should be stabilised with grass and shrubs. The Committee desired that data available with the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, Department of Rural Development may be studied and recommendations therein for removal/treatment of fluorides, TDS, etc, in drinking water be followed for providing safe drinking water to R&R colony and to the nearby villages. The Committee also desired that the expert advice of Dr.Arijit Dey, former Member, EAC could also be obtained, on the matter. The Committee desired that the R&R Plan should provide specific time-schedule for completion of the various activities in the R&R Plan. The detailed R&R and CSR Action Plans be submitted to the MOEF/EAC within next four months.

 

The Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to the aforesaid conditions and subject to grant of Stage-I FC for the forestland found within the ML.

 

 

4.         Bhelatand Amalgamated Colliery (expansion from 0.38 MTPA to 0.41 MTPA in an ML area of 521.68 ha) & Expn. of Bhelatand Washery (0.9 MTPA to 1.5 MTPA in 8 ha) of M/s Tata Steel Ltd., Dhanbad, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for expansion of the existing Bhelatand Amalgamated Colliery form 0.38 MTPA to 0.41 MTPA and expansion of existing Bhelatand Coking Coal Washery from 0.9 MTPA to 1.5 MTPA for use in linked Steel Plant which is expanding from 6.8 MTPA to 10 MTPA. It was informed that the project falls under Sijua Group of Collieries and does not fall in CPA, Dhanbad. It was also informed that no fires have been reported in the mine as nitrogen gas is used under DGMS supervision to form a protective layer all around mine working to prevent fires raging presently at a distance of about 5km in the BCCL mines in Jharia coalfields. It was informed that a number of villages, colony, infrastructure and buildings, railways and roads exist in the land within the core zone. It was informed that depillaring would be undertaken with stowing and no depillaring would be undertaken wherever mining involves caving.

 

It was stated that the existing washery is located in an area of 8ha within the premises of Bhelatand Colliery. Current level of the washery capacity is 0.9 MTPA. The expansion in washery would be by introduction of wet process and the unit would operate on zero-discharge. The washery effluents would be completely recycled with no discharge into Jarian Nala and Kajri Nala flowing along the mine boundary which outfall into River Damodar. The ash content in raw coal is about 30-32%, and middling (20% in quantity) with ash content in the range of 44-48%, which goes to TPS as per MOU with Min. of Coal and the balance coal rejects would be utilised in the captive 10MW FBC based TPP. It was informed that the entire coal transportation is by underground conveyors to the washery and thereafter by rail to the linked Steel Plant of the company at Jamshedpur. It was stated that water from the Bhelatand Colliery would be collected in reservoirs and used for mine and washery operations and for sand stowing. Treated mine water is being used of colony.

 

The Committee desired that the mitigative measures outlined in Jharia Action Plan particularly for coalmines and coal washeries should be integrated into the EIA-EMP of the project. The Committee recommended TOR with the aforesaid condition read with generic TOR at Annexures 3 and 5 and read with General conditions at Annexure 7.

 

 

 

5.         Coking Coal Washery (2 x 2 MTPA) and Non-coking Coal Washery (6.5 MTPA) in 10 ha area within the Integrated Steel Plant & Captive Power Plant of M/s Jindal Steel & Power Ltd., in village Kerjang, Tehsil Banarpal, dist. Angul, Orissa

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for establishment of two coal washeries – (i) one non-coking coal washery of 6.5 MTPA capacity and (ii) a coking coal washery of 4 MTPA capacity, within the premises of the Integrated Steel Plant & Captive Power Plant of the company in district Angul Orissa. The company already has one non-coking coal washery of 6.5 MTPA in the same location for which EC was obtained on 13.10.2009. Thus, the total combined capacity of the two non-coking coal washeries (one existing and one proposed) would be 13 MTPA (2 x 6.5 MTPA) to meet the requirements of its linked 13 MTPA DRI Plant. The proposed coking coal washery of 4 MTPA would meet the requirement of its linked 2 x 2 MTPA capacity for its linked DRI Plant, which would be used in Coal Gasification of 2 MTPA each. Raw coal for the non-coking coal washery is being obtained from their captive Utkal BI coalmine of 5.5 MTPA capacity, which has obtained EC on 09.04.2007. It was stated that raw coal for the proposed coking coal washery would be met form the company’s own coal mine in M.P. (of 0.56 MTPA capacity), and the balance would be partially met by imports and from BCCL mines. It was informed that the slurry from the two washeries would be fully utilised and the washery would be zero-discharge and effluents would be recycled/reused within the project. A separate storm water drain would be constructed to carry storm water from the washery premises. Coal fines, silt will not be allowed to flow out with the storm discharge water and would be collected in settling tanks provided with traps. 

 

The Committee desired that the complete water balance of water use of the three coal washeries – 2 proposed and one exiting and of the linked Steel Plant-cum-TPP, including extent of recycle and reuse, material balance of the coal for the three washeries, source of coal and end-user of coal and its transportation should be furnished. The Committee stated that approval of the State Irrigation Dept. would be required for diversion of the nala passing through the washery land. The Committee also sought the status of compliance of the earlier EC in regard to status of progress of the Steel Plant-cum-TPP and of the Coal Washery (6.5 MTPA) along with justification for enhancement of the capacity of the Steel-cum-Power Plant and requirement of the additional washeries. The Committee also desired that a Site Plan of the Steel Plant, TPP, the three (including the two proposed) washeries, green belt, realignment of the nala passing through the land, etc should be furnished. The Committee decided to further consider the project upon receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

6.         Expansion of Coal Beneficiation Plant (from 1.5 MTPA to 4 MTPA of raw coal) of M/s Global Coal & Mining Pvt. Ltd., located in district Jharsuguda, Orissa Global Coal Mining (Modification of EC granted on 13.07.2009 for change in Technology of Coal Washery)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that an EC was granted by MOEF on 15.07.2009 for expansion of the Coal Beneficiation Plant of 1.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) capacity of raw coal by wet process (Dense Media) to 4 MTPA capacity in a total area of 8.56 ha. As per the original proposal for which EC was granted, the expansion project of 2.5 MTPA would be by dry process involving pneumatic jigs (0.5 MTPA) and by wet process using Batac Jigs (2 MTPA). It was stated that an application for change of technology from pneumatic jigs (dry process) to wet process was made on 26.07.2011 to the Odhisha SPCB and a request made to MOEF for modification of EC for the change in technology. It was clarified that the Pneumatic Jigs have not been installed. It was stated that a thickener would be added to the slurry which would be mixed with coal rejects or with clean coal for its utilisation, i.e. the slurry will not be discharged out of the premises.

 

The Committee recommended modification of EC for the change in technology for the 0.5 MTPA also to be by wet process, as desired by the project proponent.

 

 

7.         Expansion of Coal Beneficiation Plant (2 MTPA to 4 MTPA) of M/s Global Coal & Mining Pvt. Ltd., in village Tentulei, South Balanad, Tehsil Talcher, dist. Angul, Orissa (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 31.12.2008)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for expansion of the coal washery from 2 MTPA to 4 MTPA. The proposal was last considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 20th June 2011. The quantum of raw coal (42-45%), clean coal (32-34%) and coal rejects (64-65%) were presented in TPD. In regard to coal evacuation, it was informed that the company is in the process of construction of a railway siding and transport of the washery products would be by conveyor-cum-rail. It was informed that the Siding is likely to be commissioned in 15-18 months time.  It was agreed that the transportation of raw coal from the MCL mines would be dovetailed with the MCL programme of coal evacuation for reduction/elimination of road transport from the mines, as the washery is located in a critically polluted area. It was informed that as desired by the Committee, a fresh baseline data was collected and presented, which indicated that the levels of air quality parameters are well within the limits. It was clarified that due to closing of a number of sponge iron units, beneficiation units, and better road quality of main transportation roads, the AAQ levels were well below the prescribed limits. It was informed that as a water conservation measure, it was proposed to transport water from South Balanda Mine of MCL by pipes for the washery. It was informed that in addition to the existing green belt of 2.5 ha, an additional 0.14 ha would be developed with plantation. Photographs of the plantation developed in and around the washery were shown. The proponent agreed to double the CSR amount from Rs 12 lakhs to Rs 24 lakhs/year and have social audits conducted regularly.

 

The Committee desired that the quantum of raw coal, clean coal and coal rejects be furnished in MTPA along with TPD for record of the Ministry.  The Committee was of the view that the AAQ levels were low despite being located in a CPA and desired that the details should be got checked from Dr.Shiv Attri, Expert, EAC. The Committee desired that no pay loaders should be deployed for wagon loading.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to await the comments of Expert, EAC on the matter of air quality data for internal consideration.

 

 

8.         Marki-Zari-Jamani-Adkoli Opencast Mine Project (1.0 MTPA in an ML area of 459.68 ha) of M/s Maharashtra State Mining Corp. Ltd., dist, Yavatmal, Maharashtra (Further consideration of TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation on the issues raised by the EAC in the meeting held on 26th September 2011 for re-examination of various options of mining and for refilling the mine void to the maximum extent and sequential mining to reduce the external OB dump in case of opencast mining. It was informed that the best option of mining in view of the fact that the area is black cotton soil growing area rich in agriculture, was studied and the findings of the report were presented. It was informed that UG mining is not a preferred option, as of the total reserves of 24 MT, an estimated 6 MT would be mined by UG mining whereas. OC mining would produce about 13.1 MT. In addition, the problem of caving and subsidence would result, due to non-availability of sand for stowing. It was informed that although the activity in the region is predominantly agricultural, majority of the population is in poor economic condition. With the start of the coalmine project, the company would employ one member from each of the 230 PAFs, pay four-fold monetary compensation, land acquisition would be undertaken in phases and the land owners could continue with practice of agriculture. From the 5th year, when mined out area would be reclaimed into pasture/agricultural land, the land could be used on mutually agreed terms. At the end of the project life, an additional area of 200ha would be available as irrigated land as 125 ha of water body would be left at the post mining stage. It was informed that the plan of M/s Wani Coalfields ltd. for continuation of agriculture/restoration of land for agriculture would be incorporated. Life of the project is 15 years. It was agreed that the infrastructure for irrigation could be handed over to the Gram Panchayats of the villagers for continuing agriculture. It was clarified that an area of 22.97 ha is under double crop and is about 5% of the total project area. It was stated that the company is committed to develop more than equivalent amount of cultivable wasteland around the project through its special initiatives under CSR.

 

The Committee after discussions recommended the project for TOR for opencast operations based on the generic TOR given in Annexure-4 read with general conditions given in Annexure-7.

 

 

9.         Marki-Barka Underground Coalmine Project (1 MTPA in an ML area of 700 ha) of M/s M.P. State Mining Corp. Ltd., located in Singrauli Coalfields, Tehsil Deosar, Dist. Singrauli, M.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for establishment of an underground mine of 1 MTPA capacity in an ML area of 700ha. The UG mining would be undertaken in a depth of 30m-400m. No subsidence is anticipated as no depillaring is proposed, although this would lead to an extraction of only 46% of the coal reserves. The mine is situated at a distance of about 15km and the coal would be transported by road to Sarai Railway Station Siding on railway line from Katni to Singrauli. It was informed that existing roads at a distance of 1km form the mine would be used for coal transportation and would not lead to fragmentation of forest found in the study area. Life of the mine is 35 years. There are 4-5 coal projects within 10km radius. Continuous Miners would be deployed and there would be no blasting.

 

The Committee desired that the proponent examine the feasibility of long-term coal evacuation by rail transport along with coal mines coming up in the area by construction of a railway siding.

 

The Committee after discussions recommended the project for TOR for underground operations based on the generic TOR given in Annexure-5 read with general conditions given in Annexure-7.

 

 

10.       Cluster-1 (Damoda Group of 3 Mines – Damoda (Albion Section) OCP, Damoda UGP and Damuda BJ Section OCP) Group of Mines (of 0.9 MTPA normative and 1.17 MTPA (peak) in a combined ML area of 575 ha) of M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd.  located in Jharia Coalfields, Block Chandrapur, dist. Dhanbad, Jharkhand (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 03.07.2009)

 

The proponent made a presentation on the response dated 30.01.2012 on the clarifications sought by the EAC (T&C) in the meeting held on 28th -29th November 2011. It was informed that there would be no external OB dumps. OB from the 2 patches would be backfilled. It was stated that in order to trigger coal mine fires in underground mines, the background emissive temperatures should be 31o or less and in the present cluster it is about 29o. It was informed that isothermal mapping using thermal imaging has been got done by NRSA. It was stated that a wall of nitrogen gas could be created in areas falling between 290 and 35o to prevent spread of fires from other areas into this cluster. It was stated that a Study for dumping of flyash was carried out by CIMFR under an S&T Project and a recent study was also done by CMPDI whereby flyash dumping was found to be feasible.

 

The Committee desired that time-series maps be created to monitor and prevent fire in coal seams of cluster-1. The Committee after discussion recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

 

11.       Lajkura OCP Expn. (Expn. from 1 MTPA to 2.5 MTPA normative and a peak capacity 3 MTPA in ML area of 641.36 ha) of M/s Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Jharsuguda, Orissa (EC based on TOR granted on 29.012.2008)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal was for expansion from 252.29 ha to 721.29 ha and expansion in production from 1 MTPA to 2.5 MTPA normative and a peak capacity 3 MTPA. It was informed that transportation of coal (expn. from 3300 TPD to 8300 TPD) to CHP would be by trucks to 3 Railway Sidings located at varying distances of 1 to 3 km. A Silo Loading facility of a capacity of 10 MTPA would be established at Lajkura in 3 years time to take care of the loading of coal from Lajkura and Samleswari OCPs and thereafter transport 55% of the coal production by rail using existing line. The remaining 45% would continue to be transported to nearby consumers by road using about 200 trucks/day. It was informed that one mechanical sweeper is used for the 3 km approach road. It was informed that 125 additional mist type sprinklers have been put up. It was stated that the 3 MTPA has been already reached within the existing ML area. It was informed that there would be no external OB dump at end of life and the ext. OB dump of 40m created during the life of the project would be re-handled (no blasting required) and backfilled into the mine voids. A final mine void of 100m would be left at the post-mining stage. It was informed that MCL has now begun the process of entering into an MOU with all the GMs of the various projects for Final Mine Closure and Habitat Restoration.

 

It was informed that the project is presently working within the existing ML area of 252.29 ha within 1 MTPA production capacity. It was informed that since forestry clearance is still awaited for the 156.67 ha of forestland involved in the expansion project, EC may be given for expansion in production from 1 MTPA to 3 MTPA within the existing ML area of 252.29 ha and upon receiving the FC, EC could be granted for the expansion in ML area of 721.29 ha.

 

The Committee noted that TOR application was made for an ML area of 641.36 ha whereas the application for EC is 721.29 and the total project area is 778.24 ha. The Committee sought a clarification whether the Public Hearing was held for 641.36 ha or for 778.24 ha. The Committee sought a list of flora/fauna authenticated by PCCF (WL) or any recognised institution that there are no Schedule-I fauna found in the study area. The Committee desired that the Final Mine Closure Plan reducing the final mine void to 35-40m should be prepared and sought details thereof. The Committee desired that monitoring of impacts of additional mitigative measures undertaken for the expansion project should be collected and details thereof furnished. The Committee desired that the issue of increase in production without EC may be taken up by the MOEF with the Min. of Coal.

 

 

12.       Hingula-II OCP Expn. (12 MTPA to 15 MTPA and expn in ML area from 610 ha to 1870 ha) of M/s Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Angul, Orissa (EC based on TOR granted on 11.07.2008)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that Hingula-II OCP was granted EC on 31.10.2007 for 12 MTPA capacity. Hingula OCP Expn. is for expansion in production from 12 MTPA to 15 MTPA and expansion in ML area from 610 ha to 1870 ha. Singhada Jhor flows along the northern boundary of the mine. A number of nalas - Gurudia Nala, Sinha Jhor and Masani Jhor flowing through the ML join the Singhada Jhor. The project involves construction of an embankment along the Singhda Jhor and diversion of nalas flowing the ML, which would be realigned to their original course at the edge of the ML. It was clarified that no external OB dumps are to be created near the Singhada Jhor. It was informed that the existing production is 4.9 MTPA. The additional area of 1197.55 ha involves 435.15 ha of forestland. An application for diversion of forestland of 440.53 ha has been made on 28.02.2011. It was informed that the expansion project would commence after obtaining FC.

 

Public Hearing was conducted on 10.09.2009. Application for EC dated 11.01.2012 has been received in the MOEF. Grade of coal is mostly F-G. Ultimate working depth is 177m. The total estimated OB generation for the expansion project is 1000.31 Mm3. Mining would be mechanised using shovel-dumper. It is proposed to re-handle the OB dumped externally in two ext. OB dumps of a max height of 20m during the initial 2-4 years, in a mineralised area within the ML would be entirely backfilled at the end of mine life and there would no external dump at the post mining stage. A total of 1297.69 ha of ML area would be brought under plantation. An area of 64.16 ha of the decoaled quarry of 110m depth would be left as a water body at the post mining stage. A number of air pollution control and mitigative measures would be implemented for the expansion project. These include fixed sprinklers at haul roads, CHP and at railway siding, black topping of approach roads, colony roads and to buildings, mechanical sweepers for cleaning dust from coal transportation roads, Silo Loading system at railway siding and use of surface miners which eliminates blasting. R&R of about 1000 PAFs for the existing project is nearing completion and an additional 783 PAFs are required to be rehabilitated in the expansion project. An R&R Colony is proposed at Gurujanga village. A CSR Plan which includes a sub-component for Tribal and SC/ST welfare has been prepared and would be executed for villages in a radius of 15km around the mine. An amount of Rs 5/T of coal would be earmarked for CSR activities. The services of TISS for implementation of the CSR would be taken up as per MOU of CIL with TISS. Balance life of the mine is 27 years.

 

The proponent informed that the reserves in the existing project would be exhausted in 3 years. It is proposed to use the Railway Siding at Balram OCP for 4 years located at a distance of about 5 km and thereafter a railway line would be extended upto Hingula project. Transport of coal from mine to Railway siding would be by conveyors. The proponent sought an EC for expansion to 15 MTPA within the existing ML area until FC is obtained for the expansion project.

 

The Committee sought details of the calendar plan of production and OB generation and dumping – external (both dumps shown separately), internal for existing and expansion incorporating the plan for re-handling. The Committee sought details of post-mining land use for use of the reclaimed land for productive use such as agriculture. The Committee desired that the OB management plan be re-looked to reduce the depth of the final water body to be 40m depth. The Committee sought a list of flora/fauna authenticated by PCCF (WL) or by any recognised institution that there is no presence of Schedule-I fauna in the study area.

 

 

13.       Dumping of flyash by M/s Bhushan Steel Ltd in Jagannath OCP of M/s MCL, Talcher Coalfields, Dist. Angul, Orissa (Further consideration)

 

The aforesaid proposal was considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 3rd-4th January 2012. The proposal is for dumping flyash generated from 410 MW TPP of M/s Bhushan Steel Ltd into the decoaled abandoned coal mine voids (Quarry 4) of Jagannath OCP of M/s Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. The ash generation is about 3234T/month. The ash is proposed to be filled in quarry No IV of Jagannath OCP of MCL. The Committee had sought that long-term data on flyash data for dumping in mine voids should be collected and tracer study got carried out with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai to understand the pathway of movement of flyash/leachates in the aquifers. It was informed that BARC has been given work for determining long-term heavy metal toxicity studies on aquifer life system. The proponent informed that TPP operations are being curtailed due to paucity of land for dumping of flyash.

 

The Committee noted that radioactivity has been detected in flyash generated from Chandrapur TPS. The Committee also informed that NALCO and NTPC who have similar problems have been requested to undertake similar studies. The Chairman stated that Dr.Vimal Kumar, Advisor, Flyash Mission Unit at DST had been requested in the earlier EAC meeting on the proposals of NALCO and NTPC to also discuss the issue with Dr.Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to Prime Minister since the issue is multi-disciplinary in nature, involving several ministries and regulations and requiring technical studies which are multi-disciplinary in nature.

 

The Committee after discussions was of the view that resolving the leachability issue and its potential long-term impacts on aquifers and on human and non-human life systems was a matter of concern and urgency. The Committee requested M/s Bhushan Steel Ltd to explore the various other options for use of flyash as has been done by M/s Jindal Steel & Power for use of their flyash generated in their TPS in Orissa. The Committee also noted that NTPC has similarly decided to explore all options for utilisation of flyash generated from their Darlipalli TPS in Orissa and has decided that filling up of mine voids would be the last option. The Committee decided that the concerns as above should be addressed before large-scale flyash dumping.

 

 

14.       Shivani OCP (of 1.25 MTPA normative and 1.4375 MTPA peak capacity in an ML area of 780 ha) of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Yavatmal, Maharashtra (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening anew opencast coalmine of 1.25 MTPA in an ML area of 780 ha. The mine is located adjacent to River Wardha and an embankment of a length of 2km and 6m height is proposed. No forestland is involved. Life of the mine is 20 years. R&R of 269 households of Shivani village is involved. The total Ml area consists of 738.60 ah of agricultural land and 41.40 ha of wasteland. No forestland is involved. Of the total ML area, area for excavation is 214 ha, ext. Ob dump is 250.85 ha, embankment is 48 ha, infrastructure/roads is 30 ha, area required for rationalisation and blasting zone is 213.15 ha, colony is 15 ha and R&R site is 15 ha. Depth of the mine is 60m to 175m. Of the total OB generation, 26% (33.80 Mm3) would be dumped internally. An estimated 134.78 Mm3 of OB would be stored in an external OB dump of an area of 250ha and height of 90m. It was informed that it is proposed to leave a final void of 190 ha and 175m depth at the post mining stage.

 

The Committee desired that various options of reducing external dumping and for reducing final void should be examined in the EIA-EMP. The Committee after discussions recommended the project for TOR for opencast operations based on the generic TOR given in Annexure-4 read with general conditions given in Annexure-7.

 

 

15.       Expn. of Juna Kunada OCP (0.6 MTPA to 1.20 MTPA and expn. in ML area from 184.87 ha to 325.87 ha) of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Yavatmal, Maharashtra (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for expansion of the existing Juna Kunada OCP from 0.6 MTPA to 1.2 MTPA and for expansion in ML area from 184.87 ha to 325.87 ha, which has been annexed to the existing ML. The proposed expansion would reduce the life of the mine from 12 years to 8 years. Average grade of coal is E. It was informed that although EC was granted in 2005, the mine has started production only recently. The additional area of 186 ha consists of 170.25 ha of tenancy land and 15.75 ha is Govt. land. No forestland is involved. Of the total ML area of 325.87 ha, area for excavation is 60 ha, infrastructure is 3ha, worked out area is 139.87 ha, embankment is 34 ha and blasting zone and area for rationalisation is 89 ha. It was informed that no external OB dumping is proposed. It was informed that sequential backfilling of a group of mines in Majri Area is proposed whereby void of this mine would be used for dumping OB from another. It was informed that at the post-mining stage, a void of 60 ha would be left of the total 141 ha and the balance 81 ha would be filled up with OB from Navin Kunada OCP.

 

The Committee desired that no dumping of flyash should be undertaken without feasibility studies and without prior approval of the Ministry. The Committee after discussions recommended the project for TOR for opencast operations based on the generic TOR given in Annexure-4 read with general conditions given in Annexure-7.

 

 

16.       Gandhigram UGP (1.2 MTPA (normative) and 1.60 MTPA (peak) in an ML area of 832.339 ha of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Betul, M.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening a new underground coalmine project of 1.20 MTPA (normative) and 1.60 MTPA (peak) in an ML area of 832.339 ha. Of the total ML area, area under Mining Rights is 696.248 ha and area under Surface Rights is 126.296 ha and under All Rights is 9.796 ha. The total forestland involved is 681.543 ha, 129.527 ha is tenancy land and 21.269 ha is Govt. land. The total forestland involved in Surface Rights is 51.271 ha which includes 43.375 ha for infrastructure, nala diversion and approach roads and 7.896 ha is for inclines and associated construction. Life of the mine is 31 years.

 

The Committee desired that FC should be obtained for the project at the time of applying for EC. The Committee after discussions recommended the project for TOR for Underground mining based on the generic TOR given in Annexure-5 read with general conditions given in Annexure-7. The Committee desired that instead of road transport, closed conveyor transport to power plant be considered as is also the practice for other mine sin the area.

 

 

 

17.       Revised application for TOR granted on 27.06.2011 for Cluster-4 (4 mines) of a combined ML area of 3563 ha and prodn. capacity of 6.83 MTPA of M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd., located in Raniganj Coalfields, dist. Burdwan, W.B. (TOR)

 

The proposal for TOR for Cluster 4 group of 3 mines (consisting of 1 UG, 1 OC and 1 OC + UG) of M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd., located in Raniganj Coalfields, in dist. Burdwan, was granted a TOR on 27.06.2011 for a combined prod. capacity of 1.23 MTPA and a peak production of 1.32 MTPA in a combined ML area of 3340. M/s ECL has withdrawn the TOR and submitted a revised application for TOR for redefining the cluster boundary to a revised ML area of 3563 ha consisting of 6 mines 4 OC, 1 UG and 1 UG+ OC) to include one new OC mine – Itapara OCP of 495 ha and a production capacity of 4 MTPA (peak 5 MTPA) is proposed as part of the cluster and expansion of Mohanpur OCP from 1 MTPA to 1.5 MTPA and ML area by 45 ha. The  combined production capacity Cluster-4 is 7.55 MTPA (normative) and 9.21 MTPA (peak). Of the 5 mines, reserves in 2 mines are nearing exhaustion: Khoirabad UG Mine and Gaurandih OC& UG. The details of Cluster 4 (Revised) are given below:

 

S.N.

Name of Project

Area (ha)

Production

(Normative) (MTPA)

Production

(Peak) (MTPA)

Life of mine

(Years)

1.

Khoirabad UG Mine

697

To be discontinued

2.

Khoirabad OC Patch

10

0.10

0.13

4

3.

Gaurandih OC& UG

Gaurangdih Block D

Phase-I

Gaurangdih Begunia Phase-I

 

0.05

0.08

(to be discontinued)

4.

17

0.40

0.50

5

5.

50

1.80

2

7

 

TOTAL for 4 +5

67

2.20

2.50

 

6.

Mohanpur OC (existing capacity of 1 MTPA)

Expn. from 165 ha to 210 ha

1.20

1.50

15

7.

Itapara OCP

1108

4

5

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

3563

 

7.55

 

9.21

 

 

Proposed Changes in Cluster 4

S.N.

Cluster Details

Previous Application

Proposed Revision

Remarks

1.

No. of Mines

3 (1 UG + 1OC + 1 mixed)

4 (1 UG + 2 OC + 1 mixed)

One new mine – Itapara OC has been proposed.

2.

Total Area of Cluster (ha)

3340

3563

A portion of leasehold (317 ha) of Khoirabad UG has been transferred. Additional lease area (495 ha) includes for Itapara OCP and for Mohanpur OCP (45 ha).

3.

Peak Capacity (MTPA)

4.32

9.21

 

 

 

The abandoned voids in Cluster 4 are given below:

S.N.

Name of Mine

No. of Voids

Area (ha)

Depth (m)

Present Landuse

Area of ext. OB dump
(ha)

1.

Itapara OC

2

4.33

32

Water body

1

2.

Gourangdih

1

1.36

32

 

1

3.

Khoirabad

3

26

 

 

 

 

Working Quarries in Cluster 4:

S.N.

Name of Mine

No. of Voids

Area of excavation (ha)

Backfilled Area (ha)

Av. Depth (m)

Area of ext. OB dump
(ha)

1.

Mohanpur OCP

1

23

16

120

20

2.

Gourangdih

2

13

Being backfilled

65

5

 

TOTAL

3

36

16

 

25

 

 

            R&R Involved:

No. of Unstable Sites

Area (ha)

Population

Rehabilitation

5

11.91

559

In phase-II

 

It was informed that Mohanpur OC would expand from 1 MTPA to 1.5 MTPA and in ML area from 165 ha to 210 ha. Life of the expansion project is 15 years. Peak production would be reached during the 3rd year. R&R is involved for the 45 ha of additional area.

 

The Committee noted that a letter has been received from CIL that Mohanpur OCP is proposed to be expanded by 25% during the year and sought details on the matter. The Committee stated that in case Mohanpur OCP requires to expand production by 25%, then a separate application would require to be made for Mohanpur OCP expansion for 1.5 MTPA under Clause 7 (ii) of the EIA Notification 2006 and the project should be got deleted from TOR application submitted for cluster-4. The Committee decided that a clarification be obtained from M/s ECL in this regard before grant of TOR.

 

 

18.       Revised application for TOR for Cluster-3 (6 mines) of a combined ML area of 1628 ha and production capacity of 3.33 MTPA (normative) and 4 MTPA (peak) of M/s ECL, located in Raniganj Coalfields, dist. Burdwan, W.B. (TOR)

 

An application for TOR for Cluster No.3 Group of Mines consisting of Dabor UG (0.070MTPA), Bonjemeheri UG and OC (0.10 MTPA), Sangragarh UG & OC (0.080 MTPA), Dalmiya UG (0.12 MTPA) of M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd., located in Raniganj Coalfields, Asansol, dist. Burdwan, West Bengal for renewal, which was considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 28th -29th April 2010. The proposal was returned as the objective of the exercise of obtaining EC under cluster approach was not presenting the environmental benefits and improvements of the degraded area clearly through an integrated environment management plan of reclamation of old abandoned mines and operation of existing and future mines in an integrated manner for realistic levels of production based on the coal reserves found in the mines and formulation of an Integrated EIA-EMP so that the overall environmental quality improves. A revised application for Cluster 3 has been now received.

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the cluster consists of 6 mines Dabor UG & OC, Bonjemeheri UG and OC, Sangragarh UG & OC, of a combined ML area of 1628 ha and production capacity of 3.33 MTPA (normative) and 4 MTPA (peak), the details of which are given below:

            Details of Cluster-3

S.N.

Name of Mine

ML area

(ha)

Production capacity
(MTPA)

Life of the mine

(years)

Normative

Peak

1.

Dabor  UG & OC

1204

0.06

0.07

25

2.

Dabor Phase I & II OC Mine (347 ha)

2.0

2.3

 

3

Bonjemehari UG

163

0.07

0.10

25

4

Bonjemehari OC (44 ha)

0.35

0.45

 

5

Sangramgarh UG

261

0.05

0.08

25

6

Sangramgarh OC

0.80

1.00

 

 

TOTAL

1628

3.33

4

 

 

            Of the 6 mines, 3 mines would be opencast operations as per details given below:

S.N.

Name of Mine

ML area

(ha)

Mineable Reserves

OB generation (Mm3)

Life of the mine

(years)

1

Dabor Phase I & II OC Mine (347 ha)

347

11.78

35

10

2.

Bonjemehari OC (44 ha)

44

1.32

4.05

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Sangramgarh Extn. Revised OC Patch

25

2.70

10.38

 

 

TOTAL

416

15.8

49.53

 

 

 

 

 


Backfilling of the OC voids would start after 2-3 years and after exhaustion of the coal reserves in these patches, the quarried out areas would be completely backfilled.

 

The Committee after discussions recommended the revised proposal for Cluster 3 for TOR as given in Annexure 6 and read with general conditions in Anenxure-7.

 

 

19.       Consideration of Letter dated 03.02.2012 of Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, on Nimbri-Chandwatan Lignite Mining Project (0.5 MTPA in an ML area of 350 ha) of M/s Binani Cement Ltd.  located in village Nimbri, Tehsil Jayal-Degana, District Nagaur, Rajasthan (Further internal consideration of EC)

 

Director, MOEF informed that comments were sought from Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad on whether the water bodies found in the ML area of the Nimbri-Chandawatan Lignite Mine form wetlands. A response dated 03.02.2012 had been received from Dr. Sushma Panigrahy, Group Director, Space Applications Centre that there are 13 wetlands found within the core zone, of which 11 were less than 2.25 ha and two were more than 2.25 ha area. The letter of SAC was referred to Dr. V. B. Mathur, Dean, WII and Expert, Wildlife, and Member EAC. Dr. Mathur provided a detailed response vide letter dated 16.02.2012 based on the report of SAC and other documents, which includes a Photo Album of lakes/water bodies and agricultural land sent by MOEF, National Wetlands Atlas: Rajasthan, Conservation of Wetlands in India of MOEF, Inland Wetlands of India: A Conservation Atlas, prepared by SACN, Coimbatore, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, 1971. Dr. Mathur informed that the lignite mine forms a part of the Great Indian Thar Desert. He stated that of a total of 2348 wetlands, 344 were 2.25 ha or more in Nagaur District.  There are 13 wetlands found within the project area all of which belong to tanks/ponds (man-made category). Two of these wetlands are more than 2.25 ha area – near Nimbri-Chandawatan village (2.25 ha) and in Butali village (2.43 ha). Both these have water during pre- and post monsoons. The remaining 11 are small tanks/ponds which are less than 2.25 ha. Dr. Mathur’s report stated that none of the 13 wetlands are notified Ramsar sites. However, bird species visit these wetlands. The wetlands in arid/semi-arid zones are important for local communities from cultural, religious and ecological standpoints besides providing a range of livelihood resources. The wetlands are also used for various purposes such as drinking, irrigation, etc. The Report of Dr. Mathur has recommended a site visit through a sub-committee of the EAC to see how the concerns of the local communities can be harmonised with the development needs through effective CSR implementation by the project proponents.

 

The EAC after consideration of the reports of the Dr.Sushma Panigrahy, SAC and Dr.V.B.Mathur, WII decided that a sub-committee comprising of experts – Prof. C.R.Babu and Shri T.K.Dhar and representative, MOEF visit the project site and also discuss with the proponents and local communities on the issues impacts on livelihood and how they can be addressed/minimised.

 

 

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

 

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                        Annexure-1

 

 

PARTICIPANTS IN 43rd EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) IN THE MEETING HELD ON 21st-22nd JANUARY 2012 ON COAL SECTOR PROJECTS

 

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1.     Shri V.P. Raja                                                        Chairman

 

2.     Prof. C.R. Babu                                             Vice-Chairman

 

3.     Shri T.K. Dhar                                ……                    Member

 

4.     Shri J.L. Mehta                                            Member

 

5.     Prof. G.S. Roonwal                                        Member

 

6.     Dr. Shiv Attri (2nd day)…                                  Member

 

7.     Dr. T. Chandini                                            Scientist F MOEF

 

 

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Annexure-2

 

PARTICIPANTS IN 43rd EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) IN THE MEETING HELD ON 21st-22nd FEBRUARY 2012 ON COAL SECTOR PROJECTS

 

 

1.         Meeting with CMPDI on Scoping of Coalmine Projects of Coal India Ltd.

            1.         Shri A.K. Debnath, Dir (T), P&D, CMPDI

            2.         Shri J K Goel, General Manager (Env.), CMPDI

 

2.         M/s Corporate Ispat Alloys Ltd.

            1.         Shri Vimal K Jaisswal, Vice-President

            2.         Ahri A Subramaiyan, AGM, Env.

            3.         Shri Anand Deshmukh, Manger, Env.

            4.         Sjri Nagarjuna, Pioneer Enviro-tech, Hyderabad

 

3.         M/s National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC)

            1.         Shri R K Baderia, HOD (Env.), NTPC

            2.         Shri Amit More, Sr. Engr., NTPC

            3.         Shri A.K.Das, AGM, NTPC

            4.         Shri V C Dubey, DCDE, NTPC

            5.         Shri N K Srivastava, GM

            6.         Shri A B Haldar, GM

            7.         Shri R M Misra, CFO, NTPC

            8.         Shri Sanjiv Kr. Singh, Sr.Mgr., NTPC

            9.         Shri B Chakroborty, NTPC

            10.       Shri Neeraj Kappor, NTPC

            11.       Shri S R Majee, Dy. Manager, NTPC

            12.       Shri C R Barin, DGM

            13.       Shri Vijay Prakash, DGM

            14.       Shri U Sadanandam, Sr. Engr

            15.       Shri R P Agarwal, MIN MEC

            16.       Dr.Marisha Sharma, MIN MEC Consultancy

 

4.         M/s Tata Steel Ltd.

            1.         Shri Ch. Divaker, GM, Jharia Div.

            2.         Shri Chankya Choudhary, CRE, Delhi

            3.         Shri Gopal Prasad, Manager

            4.         Shri Mukesh Prasad, Mgr.

            5.         Dr. B K Tewary, Dy. Dir., CIMFR

            6.         Dr.M Ahmad, Scientist, CIMFR

 

5.         M/s Jindal Steel & Power Ltd.

            1.         Shri D N Abrol, ED (Raw Materials)

            2.         Shri P S Dhillon, Sr. V.P.

            3.         Dr. J K Soni, VP, JPL

            4.         Dr. I N Rao, AVP, JSPL

            5.         Mr. Alok Kumar

            6.         Dr.Nandita Mitra, EMIPC

            7.         Dr. Katyal, EMIPC

 

6.         M/s Global Coal & Mining Pvt. Ltd.

            1.         Shri V K Sehgal, GCMCPL

            2.         Shri Randhir Singh

            3.         Shri R Bhamby

            4.         Shri G N Mallick

            5.         Shri Prakash Srivastava

 

7.         M/s Maharashtra State Mining Corp. Ltd.

            1.         Ahri A D Javekar

            2.         Shri P Y Tembhare

            3.         Shri P K Gandhi

            4.         Shri S.K.Padoky

            5.         Dr.Smita Bhabra

            6.         Shri N Choudhary

            7.         Shri M S Sandhu

            8.         Shri S N Chawla

            9.         Shri M N Jha

 

8.         M/s M.P. State Mining Corp. Ltd.

            1.         Shri S K Dube, General Manager

            2.         Shri S P Mishra

            3.         Shri S Y Wakhare, President, NKCPL

            4.         Shri Vijay Singh

            5.         Shri Karim Singh Bharja

            6.         Shri U W Datey, Consultant

            7.         Shri Deeptendu Samanta

 

9.         M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd.

            1.         Shri D C Jha, Dir (T), BCCL

            2.         Shri B C Maji, GM (env.), BCCL

            3.         Dr. E V R Raju, BCCL, Chief Manager (Env.)

            4.         Shri V K Sinha, CMPDI

            5.         Shri Bhattacharya, GM, CMPDI

            6.         Shri Amit Roy, Sr. Mgr., CMPDI

            7.         Shri D Bhattacharjee, GM (Mines)

           

10.       M/s Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri A K Singh, Dir (Tech.)

            2.         Shri B C Tripathy, GM (env.)

            3.         Shri R P Gupta, GM

            4.         Shri A Singh, CMPDI

            5.         Shri A K Samantray, Chief Manager (env.), CMPDI

            6.         Shri U K Mohanty, Sr. Mgr. (Env.), MCL, Hingula Area

            7.         Shri K S Ganapathy, Chief Manager (Env.), CMPDI

            8.         Shri P M Prasad, G M Hingula Area

            9.         Shri C Joydev, Sr. Mgr. (Env.), MCL, HQs.

 

11.       M/s Bhushan Steel Ltd

            1.         Shri Sanjeev Kapoor, Vice-President

            2.         Shri M. Shrda, President

            3.         Shri S K Aghn, Dy. General Manager

            4.         Shri Neeraj Kumar, Asst. Manager

            5.         Shri Hirendra Kumar

            6.         Shri Raee

 

12.       M/s Western Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri A C Ray, WCL

            2.         Shri K Chakroborty, WCL

            3.         Shri S K Jagnani, CMPDI

            4.         Shri D Basu, CMPDI

            5.         Dr.D Das, CMPDI

 

13.       M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri S Chakravarty D (T) (Op).

            2.         Shri G Prasad, CMPDI

            3.         Shri J N Biswas, GM (Env.), ECL

            4.         Shri A Shekhar, A Manager (Env.)

         

 

 

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ANNEXURE-3

GENERIC TOR FOR COAL WASHERY

 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)         A brief description of the plant, the technology used, the source of coal, the mode of transport of incoming unwashed coal and the outgoing washed coal. Specific pollution control and mitigative measures for the entire process.

(ii)        The EIA-EMP report should cover the impacts and management plan for the project of the capacity for EC is sought and the impacts of specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts for the rated capacity. If the washery is captive to a coal mine/TPP/Plant the cumulative impacts on the environment and usage of water should be brought out along with the EMP.

(iii)         A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer showing major industries/mines and other polluting sources, which shall also indicate the migratory corridors of fauna, if any and the areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance are found in the area. If there are any ecologically sensitive areas found within the 15km buffer zone, the shortest distance from the National Park/WL Sanctuary Tiger Reserve, etc should be shown and the comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden of the State Government should be furnished.

 (iv)        Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary base-line data on environmental quality – air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx and NOx), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil. 

(iv)                  Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement as per different activities in the mining operations vis-à-vis washery should be given separately. Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt.. and examine if the unit can be zero discharge including recycling and reuse of the wastewater for other uses such as green belt, etc.

(vi)       Impact of choice of the selected use of technology and impact on air quality and waste generation (emissions and effluents). 

(vii)      Impacts of mineral transportation - the entire sequence of mineral production, transportation, handling, transfer and storage of mineral and waste, if any, and their impacts on air quality should be shown in a flow chart with the specific points where fugitive emissions can arise and the specific pollution control/mitigative measures proposed to be put in place.

(viii)     Details of various facilities to be provided for the personnel involved in mineral transportation in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.  Examine whether existing roads are adequate to take care of the additional load of mineral [and rejects] transportation, their impacts. Details of workshop, if any, and treatment of workshop effluents.

(ix)       Impacts of CHP, if any on air and water quality. A flow chart of water use and whether the unit can be made a zero-discharge unit.

(x)        Details of green belt development.

(xi)       Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost.

(xiv)      Public Hearing details of the coal washery to include details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xv)                 Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xvi)                Submission of sample test analysis of:

I     Characteristics of coal to be washed- this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

II    Characteristics and quantum of washed coal.

III   Characteristics and quantum of coal waste rejects.

(xvii)     Management/disposal/Use of coal waste rejects

(xviii)    Copies of MOU/Agreement with linkages (for stand alone washery) for the capacity for which EC has been sought.

(xxxvi)   Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal to be washed- this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S

 

Washery Details

Washery-

(MTPA)

Expn. of Washery

(.. MTPA to .. MTPA

TOTAL

(MTPA)

Ash content (%)

Obtained from/End User

Raw Coal (ROM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washed Coal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middling + Coal Fines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coal Rejects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(xxxviii) Corporate Environment Responsibility:

a)     The Company must have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by the Board of Directors.

b)     The Environment Policy must prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringements/deviation/violation of the environmental or forest norms/conditions.

c)     The hierarchical system or Administrative Order of the company to deal with environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the environmental clearance conditions must be furnished.

d)  To have proper checks and balances, the company should have a well laid down system of reporting of non-compliances/violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and/or shareholders or stakeholders at large.

 

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ANNEXURE -4

GENERIC TOR FOR AN OPENCAST COALMINE PROJECT

(i)            An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for …….. MTPA rated capacity in an ML/project area of …… ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)           An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for ……. MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for ………. MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for ………MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(iii)          A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location.

(iv)          A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources. In case of ecologically sensitive areas such as Biosphere Reserves/National Parks/WL Sanctuaries/ Elephant Reserves, forests (Reserved/Protected), migratory corridors of fauna, and areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance found in the 15 km area of the buffer zone should be given.

(v)           Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)              Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)             A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)           A detailed Site plan of the mine showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

(ix)              In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

(x)               Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(xi)              Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

 

LANDUSE DETAILS FOR OPENCAST PROJECT

S.N.

LANDUSE

Within ML Area (ha)

Outside ML Area (ha)

TOTAL

1.

Agricultural land

 

 

 

2.

Forest land

 

 

 

3.

Wasteland

 

 

 

4.

Grazing land

 

 

 

5.

Surface water bodies

 

 

 

6.

Settlements

 

 

 

7.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

(xii)             Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations.

(xiii)           Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestland/grazing land.

(xiv)        Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx, NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil along with one-season met data coinciding with the same season for AAQ collection period.

(xv)         Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable. Values should be provided based on desirable limits.

(xvi)        Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the area is occasionally visited or used as a habitat by Schedule-I fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, or used as a migratory corridor then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared and submitted with EIA-EMP Report and comments from the CWLW of the State Govt. also obtained and furnished.

(xvii)      Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan should also be shown in figures.

(xviii)     Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xix)        Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xx)         Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately.

(xxi)        Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xxii)      Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxiii)     Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                  

(xxiv)     Impacts of mining on the AAQ, predictive modelling using the ISCST-3 (Revised) or latest model.

(xxv)       Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxvi)     Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

 

Project

Total waste generation (Mm3)

Topsoil

(Mm3)

Total OB generation (Mm3)

Total OB

in Ext. Dump

Total OB

Backfilled

(Mm3)

Original Project (ha)

 

 

 

 

 

Expansion Project (ha) (balance life)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL (Mm3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(xxvii)    Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF) and selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

 

Table 1: Stage-wise Landuse and Reclamation Area (ha)

S.N.

Land use Category

Present

(1st Year)

5th Year

10th Year

20th year

24th Year (end of Mine life)*

1.

Backfilled Area (Reclaimed with plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Excavated Area (not reclaimed)/void

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

External OB dump

Reclaimed with plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Reclaimed Top soil dump

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Green Built Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Undisturbed area (brought under plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Roads (avenue plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

8.

Area around buildings and Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

110*

110*

110*

110*

110*

* As a representative example

 

 

Table 2: Stage-wise Cumulative Plantation

S.N.

YEAR*

Green Belt

External Dump

Backfilled Area

Others

(Undisturbed

Area/etc)

TOTAL

 

 

Area

(ha)

No. of trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

1.

1st year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

3rd year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

5th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

10th yesr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

15th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

20th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

25th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.

30th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

34th year (end of mine life)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.

34-37th Year (Post-mining)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85

 

* As a representative example

 

 

(xxviii)   Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling (wherever applicable) and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

 

Table 3: Post-Mining Landuse Pattern of ML/Project Area (ha)

S.N.

Land use during Mining

Land Use (ha)

1.

External OB Dump

Plantation

Water Body

Public Use

Undisturbed

TOTAL

2.

Top soil Dump

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Excavation

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Roads

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Built up area

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Green Belt

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Undisturbed Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

85

 

 

 

110

 

(xxix)     Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxx)       Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxxi)     Risk Assessment and Disaster Preparedness and Management Plan.

(xxxii)    Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxxiii)   Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxiv)   Details of R&R.  Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families) found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxxv)    CSR Plan along with details of villages and specific budgetary provisions (capital and recurring) for specific activities over the life of the project.

(xxxvi)   Public Hearing should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxvii)  In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxx)  Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxxi) Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxxii) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval,

            NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. wherever applicable.

 

(A) FORESTRY CLEARANCE

 

TOTAL ML/PROJECT 

AREA (ha)

TOTAL FORESTLAND (ha)

Date of FC

Extent of forestland

Balance area for which FC is yet to be obtained

Status of appl. for diversion of

forestland

 

 

If more than one, provide details of each FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(B)        MINING PLAN/PROJECT APPROVAL


Date of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval:

            Copy of Letter of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval

(xxxviii) Corporate Environment Responsibility:

a)     The Company must have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by the Board of Directors.

b)     The Environment Policy must prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringements/deviation/violation of the environmental or forest norms/conditions.

c)     The hierarchical system or Administrative Order of the company to deal with environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the environmental clearance conditions must be furnished.

d)  To have proper checks and balances, the company should have a well laid down system of reporting of non-compliances/violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and/or shareholders or stakeholders at large.

 

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ANNEXURE -5

GENERIC TOR FOR AN UNDERGROUND COALMINE PROJECT

(i)            An EIA-EMP Report should be prepared for a peak capacity of  ……….. MTPA over an area of  ……….. ha  addressing the impacts of the underground coalmine project including the aspects of mineral transportation and issues of impacts on hydrogeology, plan for conservation of flora/fauna and afforestation/plantation programme based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(ii)           The EIA-EMP report should also cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of baseline data and information, generation of baseline data on impacts for ……. MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan.

(iii)          A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (15 km of the buffer zone in case of ecologically sensitive areas) delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, drainage, locations of habitats, major construction including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources, which shall also indicate the migratory corridors of fauna, if any and the areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance are found in the area.

(iv)          Map showing the core zone along with 3-5 km of the buffer zone) delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records) and grazing land and wasteland and water bodies.

(v)           Contour map at 3m interval along with Site plan of the mine (lease/project area with about 3-5 km of the buffer zone) showing the various surface structures such as buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within/adjacent to the ML), green belt and undisturbed area and if any existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with details of natural drainage adjoining the lease/project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., highways, passing through the lease/project area.

(vi)          Original land use (agricultural land/forestland/grazing land/wasteland/water bodies) of the area. Impacts of project, if any on the landuse, in particular, agricultural land/forestland/grazing land/water bodies falling within the lease/project and acquired for mining operations. Extent of area under surface rights and under mining rights.

 

S.N.

 ML/Project

Land use

Area under Surface Rights (ha)

Area Under Mining Rights (ha)

Area under Both (ha)

1.

Agricultural land

 

 

 

2.

Forest Land

 

 

 

3.

Grazing Land

 

 

 

4.

Settlements

 

 

 

5.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

            Area Under Surface Rights

S.N.

Details

Area (ha)

1.

Buildings

 

2.

Infrastructure

 

3.

Roads

 

4.

Others (specify)

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

(vii)         Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. The flora and fauna details should be furnished separately for the core zone and buffer zone. The report and the list should be authenticated by the concerned institution carrying out the study and the names of the species scientific and common names) along with the classification under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 should be furnished.

(viii)       Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study area and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working plan/scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps should also be included.

(ix)          Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(x)           Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality – air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx, NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, AS, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil along with one-season met data.

(xi)          Map of the study area (core and buffer zone) clearly delineating the location of various monitoring stations (air/water/soil and noise – each shown separately) superimposed with location of habitats, wind roses, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations should be selected on the basis of the proposed impacts in the downwind/downstream/groundwater regime. One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact non-polluting area as a control station. Wind roses to determine air pollutant dispersion and impacts thereof shall be determined. Monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and standards for air, water, noise notified under Environment Protection Rules. Parameters for water testing for both ground and surface water should be as per ISI standards and CPCB classification of surface water wherever applicable.

(xii)         Impact of mining and water abstraction and mine water discharge in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on the impact of mining on the groundwater regime. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected wherever the areas are declared dark/grey from groundwater development.

(xiii)       Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xiv)        Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement as per different activities in the mining operations, including use of water for sand stowing should be given separately. Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users should be provided.

(xv)         Impact of choice of mining method, technology, selected use of machinery - and impact on air quality, mineral transportation, coal handling & storage/stockyard, etc, Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.

(xvi)        Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project. The entire sequence of mineral production, transportation, handling, transfer and storage of mineral and waste, and their impacts on air quality should be shown in a flow chart with the specific points where fugitive emissions can arise and the specific pollution control/mitigative measures proposed to be put in place. Examine the adequacy of roads existing in the area and if new roads are proposed, the impact of their construction and use particularly if forestland is used.

(xvii)      Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.  Examine whether existing roads are adequate to take care of the additional load of mineral and their impacts.

(xviii)     Examine the number and efficiency of mobile/static water sprinkling system along the main mineral transportation road within the mine, approach roads to the mine/stockyard/siding, and also the frequency of their use in impacting air quality.

(xix)        Impacts of CHP, if any on air and water quality. A flow chart of water use and whether the unit can be made a zero-discharge unit.

(xx)         Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan along with the fund requirement for the detailed activities proposed there under.  Impacts of change in land use for mining operations and whether the land can be restored for agricultural use post mining.

 

            Table 1 Stage-wise Cumulative Plantation

S.N.

YEAR*

Green Belt

External Dump

Backfilled Area

Others

(Undisturbed

Area/etc)

TOTAL

 

 

Area

(ha)

No. of trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

1.

1st year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

3rd year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

5th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

10th yesr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

15th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

20th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

25th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.

30th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

34th year (end of mine life)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.

34-37th Year (Post-mining)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85*

2,12,500

            *As a representative example

 

(xxi)        Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine should be furnished.

(xxii)      Details of cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for final mine closure plan. The specific costs (capital and recurring) of each pollution control/mitigative measures proposed in the project until end of mine life and a statement that this is included in the project cost.

(xxiii)     Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources – water, land, energy, raw materials/mineral, etc.

(xxiv)     R&R: Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status (including tribals, SC/ST) of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxv)       CSR Plan along with details of villages and specific budgetary provisions (capital and recurring) for specific activities over the life of the project.

(xxvi)     Public Hearing should cover the details as specified in the EIA Notification 2006, and include notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments by the proponent made should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxvii)    Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending in any Court/Tribunal on the project should be furnished.

(xxxvii)  Submission of sample test analysis of:

(xxxvii) Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S

            and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxviii) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc.

            (A) FORESTRY CLEARANCE

 

TOTAL ML/PROJECT 

AREA (ha)

TOTAL FORESTLAND (ha)

Date of FC

Extent of forestland

Balance area for which FC is yet to be obtained

Status of appl. for diversion of

forestland

 

 

If more than one, provide details of each FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(B)        MINING PLAN /PROJECT APPROVAL


Date of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval:

            Copy of Letter of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval

(xxxviii) Corporate Environment Responsibility:

a)     The Company must have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by the Board of Directors.

b)     The Environment Policy must prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringements/deviation/violation of the environmental or forest norms/conditions.

c)     The hierarchical system or Administrative Order of the company to deal with environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the environmental clearance conditions must be furnished.

d)  To have proper checks and balances, the company should have a well laid down system of reporting of non-compliances/violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and/or shareholders or stakeholders at large.

 

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ANNEXURE-6

GENERIC TOR FOR AN OPENCAST-CUM-UNDERGROUND COALMINE PROJECT

(i)               An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for a combined rated capacity of…….. MTPA  for OC-cum-UG project which consists of ……. MTPA for OC and ………. MTPA for UG in an ML/project area of …… ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)              An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for ……. MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for ………. MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for …….. MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(iii)            A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location.

(iv)             A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources. In case of ecologically sensitive areas such as Biosphere Reserves/National Parks/WL Sanctuaries/ Elephant Reserves, forests (Reserved/Protected), migratory corridors of fauna, and areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance found in the 15 km area of the buffer zone should be given.

(v)              Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)             Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)           A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)          A detailed Site plan of the mine showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

(ix)             In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

(x)              Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(xi)             Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

 

            LANDUSE DETAILS FOR OPENCAST PROJECT

S.N.

LANDUSE

Within ML Area (ha)

Outside ML Area (ha)

TOTAL (ha)

1.

Agricultural land

 

 

 

2.

Forest land

 

 

 

3.

Wasteland

 

 

 

4.

Grazing land

 

 

 

5.

Surface water bodies

 

 

 

6.

Settlements

 

 

 

7.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

            LANDUSE DETAILS FOR UNDERGROUND PROJECT

S.N.

 ML/Project

Land use

Area under Surface Rights (ha)

Area Under Mining Rights (ha)

Area under Both (ha)

1.

Agricultural land

 

 

 

2.

Forest Land

 

 

 

3.

Grazing Land

 

 

 

4.

Wasteland

 

 

 

5.

Water Bodies

 

 

 

6.

Settlements

 

 

 

7.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

            Area Under Surface Rights

S.N.

Details

Area (ha)

1.

Buildings

 

2.

Infrastructure

 

3.

Roads

 

4.

Others (specify)

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

(xii)         Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations.

(xiii)       Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestland/grazing land.

(xiv)        Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil along with one-season met data.

(xv)         Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable. Values should be presented in comparison to desirable limits.

(xvi)        Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared and furnished along with comments from the CWLW of the State Govt.

(xvii)      Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xviii)     Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xix)        Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xx)         Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xxi)        Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately.

(xxii)      Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xxiii)     Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxiv)     Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                  

(xxv)       Impacts of mining on the AAQ, predictive modelling using the ISCST-3 (Revised) or latest model.

(xxvi)     Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxvii)    Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

 

Project

Total waste generation (Mm3)

Topsoil

(Mm3)

Total OB generation (Mm3)

Total OB

in Ext. Dump

Total OB

Backfilled

(Mm3)

Original Project (ha)

 

 

 

 

 

Expansion Project (ha) (balance life)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL (Mm3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(xxviii)   Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

(xxix)     Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxx)       Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxxi)     Risk Assessment and Disaster Preparedness and Management Plan.

(xxxii)    Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxxiii)   Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF given below) and selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

 

            Table 1: Stage-wise Landuse and Reclamation Area (ha)

S.N.

Land use Category

Present

(1st Year)

5th Year

10th Year

20th year

24th Year (end of Mine life)*

1.

Backfilled Area (Reclaimed with plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Excavated Area (not reclaimed)/void

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

External OB dump

Reclaimed with plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Reclaimed Top soil dump

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Green Built Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Undisturbed area (brought under plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Roads (avenue plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

8.

Area around buildings and Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

110

110

110

110

110

            * Representative case as an example

 

 

 

            Table 2: Stage-wise Cumulative Plantation

S.N.

YEAR*

Green Belt

External Dump

Backfilled Area

Others

(Undisturbed

Area/etc)

TOTAL

 

 

Area

(ha)

No. of trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

1.

1st year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

3rd year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

5th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

10th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

15th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

20th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

25th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.

30th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

34th year (end of mine life)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.

34-37th Year (Post-mining)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85

 

            * Representative case as an example

 

(xxxiv)      Conservation Plan for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor.

(xxxv)       Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions.

 

            Table 3: Post-Mining Landuse Pattern of ML/Project Area (ha)

S.N.

Land use during Mining

Land Use (ha)

1.

External OB Dump

Plantation

Water Body

Public Use

Undisturbed

TOTAL

2.

Top soil Dump

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Excavation

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Roads

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Built up area

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Green Belt

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Undisturbed Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

85

 

 

 

110

 

 

(xxxvi)      Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxvii)    Details of R&R.  Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families) found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxxviii) CSR Plan along with details of villages and specific budgetary provisions (capital and recurring) for specific activities over the life of the project.

(xxxix) Public Hearing should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxx)  In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxxi) Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxxii) Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxxiii) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval,

            NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc.

 

            (A) FORESTRY CLEARANCE

TOTAL ML/PROJECT

AREA (ha)

TOTAL FORESTLAND (ha)

Date of FC

Extent of forestland

In the FC

Balance area for which FC is yet to be obtained

Status of appl. for diversion of

Balance forestland

 

 

If more than one, provide details of each FC