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Supreme Court bans use of 5 toxic chemicals in fireworks

Post  bejoy on Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:03 am

The Supreme Court of India has banned fireworks manufacturers from using five dangerous chemical substances that stir up air and noise pollution, an order that is likely to mean firecrackers with reduced sound and light effects this Diwali.
The substances barred are lithium, antimony, mercury, arsenic and lead.

Lithium is a metal used to impart red colour to fireworks, while antimony is used to create glitter effects. Lead oxide provides a special crackling effect which, if inhaled, in high concentration could cause damage to the nervous system.

A bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta banned the use of the substances in the manufacture of firecrackers after senior officers of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO) briefed the court about their impact.
The court also directed CPCB and PESO to lay down standards with regard to the chemical composition of firecrackers.

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