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Title: Government relaxes guidelines for atomic mineral mining in coastal regions
Date:12 October 2017

Citing “public interest”, the environment ministry has relaxed guidelines for mining of critical atomic minerals like uranium in fragile coastal regions, even if such minerals are found elsewhere. Experts said the decision signalled a significant shift in government policy and opened up fragile coastal areas to mining, potentially increasing the vulnerability of fast-eroding coastal stretches of the country. The decision was taken by Mr Harsh Vardhan-led MoEFCC (ministry of environment, forest and climate change) and notified on 6 October 2017. The step, involving an amendment to the CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) Notification 2011, was taken without public notice as the government said it was a matter of “public interest”.

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