The Central Pollution Control Board has presented its ‘Proposed Guidelines for Setting up New Petrol Pumps’. These guidelines are sought to be implemented for newly established petrol pumps/ retail outlets/ fueling stations.
The guidelines aim to restrict environmental pollution arising from setting up of new petrol pumps/ retail outlets/ fueling stations.
The guidelines provide for an audit of tanks and fuel equipment by PESO. This audit would be conducted on an annual basis.
The guidelines also state that all workers employed in retail outlets may be covered by ESI. OMC dealers should implement personal protective equipment as per labour laws. The should undertake Information Education Communication for their workers at regular intervals to sensitize them about harmful impacts of VOC emissions.
These guidelines are supplementary to all existing relevant rules, orders, guidelines, and notifications.