Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has notified a 170 page draft Hazardous Substances (Classification, Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2011.
This is different from Hazardous wastes which are covered under Hazardous Wastes (Management,Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2008 along with two amendments in 2009 and two amendments of 2010.
In India, there are 36,000 hazardous waste generating industries, which generate 62,33,000 tonnes of hazardous wastes per annum. Fifty 50 per cent of this waste generated is recyclable, about 7 per cent is incinerable and 43.78 per cent is land disposable according to a 2009 report of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Life near Pokharan: the people of the fallout - In Khetolai, the village closest to the Pokhran nuclear test site, cancer is felling people and cattle. No one cares.