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5 chemicals banned in firecrackers

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Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims Level: Effects of using prohibited chemicals

Mains Level: This SC order is more important because it is related to environment degradation, a hot topic these days.


Prohibition of toxic chemicals

  1. The Supreme Court has prohibited the use of five chemicals, in the manufacture of firecrackers
  2. These chemicals are labelled as toxic by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)
  3. Prohibited Chemicals: antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic and lead

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