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Mettur Resident Dies in a Road Accident after Collision with Chemplast Coal Truck
Mettur, 3 June 2015: A Mettur resident died in a road accident after colliding with a truck carrying coal for Chemplast Thermal Plant. Read more...

Cheyyur plant not viable
CHENNAI, 21 May 2015 The proposed 4,000-MW ultra mega power project at Cheyyur is financially not viable and would put an upward pressure on electricity tariff. This would also make electricity unaffordable for consumers, says a report. Read media story...

US Report Claims Proposed Cheyyur Power Project is Not Financially Viable
CHENNAI, 21st May 2015: The proposed 4,000 MW coal-fired power plant in Cheyyur taluk of Kancheepuram district will either be a loss-making proposition or consumers will have to pay higher tariffs, a US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said in a report commissioned by the Chennai based think-tank Indian Institute of Public Policy. Read media story...

Cheyyur UMPP will make electricity unaffordable in TN, says report
CHENNAI, 20 May, 2015: The 4,000MW ultra mega power project (UMPP) worth Rs24,200 crore at Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu is financially not viable and would only make electricity unaffordable in the state, says a report. Read media story...

Cheyyur Plant Financially Not Viable
20 May 2015 In addition to the environmental concerns over the proposed 4,000 MV supercritical coal fired Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) at Cheyyur in Kancheepuram district, a new study by United States-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis(IEEPA) observed that the project in not financially viable. Read media story...

Cheyyur UMPP will make electricity unaffordable in TN; UMPP Policy Flawed: Report finds
CHENNAI, 20 May, 2015: Even as Tamil Nadu contends with rising electricity rates, a new report finds that the 4000 MW coal-fired power plant proposed in Cheyyur is not financially viable as it will place an upward pressure on electricity tariffs in the state. Read press release...

Cuddalore Residents Blockade TNPCB Office to Protest Pollution
Cuddalore, 18 May 2015: More than 100 residents of Semmankuppam village today blocked the office of TNPCB in SIPCOT region protesting noxious emissions from Golden Fish Oil Company. Read more...

Policy on Fixing Damages, Rehab for Workers Hit by Pollution Sought
CHENNAI, 18 May, 2015: Workers affected by the harmful effects of chemicals used in industries which also pollute the environment should be covered under a new policy which works towards their rehabilitation. Read media story...

Cuddalore Residents Block Road to Protest Pollution from Local Unit
Cuddalore, 17th May 2015: More than 200 residents of Semmankuppan today blocked the East Coast Road in SIPCOT region blocking traffic for more than an hour to protest pollution from a Golden Fish Oil Company. Read more...

Cuddalore Residents Block Road to Protest Pollution from Local Unit
Cuddalore, 17th May 2015: More than 200 residents of Semmankuppan today blocked the East Coast Road in SIPCOT region blocking traffic for more than an hour to protest pollution from a Golden Fish Oil Company. Read more...

Kodaikanal victims' cry grows only louder
Chennai, May 17, 2015: There seems to be no end to the despair of victims of alleged mercury poisoning in Kodaikanal, where Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) operated a thermometer manufacturing factory for 18 years before it was forced to shut down in 2001 for causing mercury contamination, it is pointed out. Read media story...

Another Accident in IL&FS Plant; One Worker Dead
Cuddalore, 8 May 2015: One migrant worker from Bihar lost his life in yet another accident at IL&FS Power Plant in Cuddalore distirct. Read more...

No answers still from Unilever
Chennai, May 04, 2015: The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever, which owns 67 per cent stake in Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), still lives in denial about allegations of mercury poisoning in Kodaikanal. Read media story...

Kodai Mercury Dump Burns in UK
Chennai, 04 May 2015: They are far and few, But the voices seeking justice in Kodaikanal, where the Anglo-Dutch MNC Unilever is accused of dumping mercury at its erstwhile thermometer plant, have reached closer home for the transnational giant. Read media story...

Toxic Mercury in the Mist: Holding Unilever in India to Account
Chennai, April 30, 2015: These actions relate to HUL operating a mercury thermometer factory in Kodaikanal between 1986 and 2001. According to a Government of India report submitted to Madras high court (Chennai) in 2011, 30 people died and 550 ex-workers are suffering due to mercury exposure. Read media story...

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Poison in the air

ASHA KRISHNAKUMAR
in Cuddalore
Frontline
The Hindu
04 June, 2005

Poisonous gases released into the air by some chemical units in the SIPCOT industrial estate in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods of people in a number of villages in the absence of government action.

At the SIPCOT industrial estate in Cuddalore. Gases released by chemical units have severely affected the air quality in the area.

VILLAGES in the industrial area on the outskirts of Cuddalore town in Tamil Nadu are increasingly being identified more by pungent smells than their names - smells of rotten cabbage, burnt rubber, rotten egg, neem, detergent, human excreta, decomposing bodies, mosquito coils, rotting bones, decaying chikoo fruit, and nail polish. The smells come from toxic chemical compounds that are manufactured or released as effluents by the 18 companies in the industrial area and which have been damaging the environment and the health of more than 20,000 people in about 20 villages. Read more...

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Besides training villagers in the science of pollution, the Community Environmental Monitoring initiative seeks to involve villagers in the fight against pollution by engaging them in environmental and health monitoring, and sustainable livelihood activities.

CEM is as much about the community as it is about the environment. CEM sees political empowerment and the right to make informed decisions about development as key to success in the struggle against environmental casteism and discrimination. While local self-help is an emphasis, CEM's philosophy also hinges on holding corporations and polluters accountable. More About Us..