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Collaboration with India

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In the context of the U.S.’s expanding relationship with India, EPA is seeking to engage its Indian partners to protect the environment in new and collaborative ways. Recent work includes implementation of pilot programs in the areas of drinking water quality and air quality management. Today, the Government of India and EPA are evaluating new ways to partner on governance issues and addressing the trans-boundary movement of e-waste into India.

EPA’s collaboration with India advances EPA’s six international priorities.

Explore our work in India:

August 2013 Study Tour

Officials from India's State Pollution Control Boards in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka traveled to the U.S. in August 2013 to learn more about the legal aspects of hazardous waste management. Topics included:

  • corrective action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA),
  • RCRA regulatory enforcement,
  • best practices for inspections related to hazardous waste, and
  • regulation of hazardous waste combustion in cement kilns.

The study tour was organized through a cooperative agreement between EPA and the Environmental Law Institute. Exit EPA disclaimer The delegation had the opportunity to learn from experts from a number of sectors and made site visits in Maryland and Pennsylvania. A handbook on legal tools for hazardous waste management is also being developed as part of this cooperation.

 


Key Events


Activities

Building Strong Institutions and Legal Structures:

More than 230 million people lack access to potable water in India.

EPA has engaged with India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to cooperate on building strong environmental institutional structures.

Through a training workshop to State Pollution Control Boards in January 2011, EPA has also provided enforcement tools and concepts that can be applicable in the Indian context.

Combating Climate Change by Limiting Pollutants:

India is a charter member of the Global Methane Initiative. Exit EPA disclaimer In March 2010, New Delhi was the host of the highly successful GMI (at that time, known as Methane to Markets) Partnership Expo, Exit EPA disclaimer the world’s largest international forum for promoting methane recovery and use opportunities and technologies.

India currently participates in four of the five sectors of the GMI (agriculture, coal, landfills and oil & gas) and co-chairs tow of these sector subcommittees (agriculture and coal). Through the Global Methane Initiative (GMI), EPA has provided 11 grants for work in methane reduction activities in India and has worked closely with nodal Indian ministries to help facilitate new methane projects in all sectors in India.

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Improving Air Quality:
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Increased congestion and dependence on vehicles in India lead to reduced air quality.

EPA has engaged with India to support science-based air pollution control strategies in Indian cities. With the cooperation of MoEF, the State of Maharashtra, the Municipality of Pune, as well as a number of other partners, EPA has helped demonstrate technologies which can assist decision makers in developing policies aimed at reducing air pollution.

These technologies include the tools and concepts used in air quality management, as well as demonstrations for reducing vehicle emissions from diesel buses and two-cycle engines.

Expanding Access to Clean Water:

EPA has engaged with India to improve drinking water quality monitoring. EPA has also partnered with the Indian government to demonstrate risk assessment and management tools to make drinking water safer for human consumption.

Reduce Exposure to Toxic Chemicals:

Through a cooperative agreement with the Environmental Law Institute, EPA is working with officials in India to improve hazardous waste management. This initiative is aligned with the Government of India’s efforts to establish a program for reducing environmental and health risks associated with these legacy sites.


Key Partners Exit EPA disclaimer

Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) Central Pollution Control Board
National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

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Contacts
For additional information about EPA's work with India, contact:

Panah Bhalla
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
U.S. EPA
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Email: bhalla.panah@epa.gov
202.564.6600

 

 

 

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