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Cuddalore chemical firm gets closure order
CUDDALORE, 19 November, 2015: A day after an employee died and three others sustained burns in a fire accident at a chemical factory at Kudikadu in Cuddalore, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has served a closure order on Shasun Pharmaceuticals Limitedís Cuddalore plant for non-compliance of conditions. Read more...

2 Fire Accidents in Shaun; One Worker Dead, Several Injured
Cuddalore, 17 November 2015: A fire accident in the Shahsun Drugs & Chemicals Ltd plant in Cuddalore killed one worker and injured many others. According to the sources, the fire broke out in the Hexane plant of the unit at about 12.10 am due to short circuit during the operations. Read more...

Bay Area nonprofit organizes fundraiser for grassroots projects in India
Los Altos Hills, CA, October 21, 2015: Indian fusion band Indian Ocean played to a packed auditorium on Oct. 11, at a fundraiser organized by a Bay Area nonprofit to support grassroots projects in India. Read media story...

Villagers slam commissioning of textile park near Chidambaram
CUDDALORE, September 9, 2015: Over 200 residents of 30 villages on Tuesday staged a protest at sea for over two hours against commissioning of a textile processing park at Annapanpettai near Chidambaram in the district. Read media story...

SIMA plans to set up textile processing park for SMEs
COIMBATORE, 04 September 2015: Southern India Mills' Association (SIMA) is planning to set up a textile processing park in the State for the small and medium-scale units. Read media story...

Unilever's Proposed Cleanup Not Ecologically Acceptable
Kodaikanal, 27 August 2015 Unilever should clean up its mercury contaminated site in Kodaikanal to "a stringent standard at par with ecological sensitivities," said scientists, including two former Supreme Court Monitoring Committee (SCMC) members Dr. Dilip Boralkar and Dr. Claude Alvares. Read the press release...

Unilever is a million days off the mark on Kodaikanal
Chennai, 23 August 2015: Paul Polman's claims that Kodaikanal lake cannot be polluted as mercuryís half life in soil is "just 60 days" is proof of Unilever's unscientific and manipulative approach to a very serious environmental problem, said the Chennai Solidarity Group for Justice in Kodaikanal. Read the press release...

Kodai opposes mercury clean up standard proposed by Unilever
Kodaikanal, 23rd August 2015 Disagreeing with the proposed clean up criteria Hindustan Unilever (HUL) wanted to adhere to for the remediation of its mercury-contaminated factory site in the hill station, the Chairman of the Kodaikanal Municipality has asked the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to set aside a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the company till the controversy over the standards was solved. Read media story...

#UnileverPollutes: the crisis sparked by a viral video
20 August 2015 Unilever found itself at the center of a Twitter storm this month, after a crisis broke on social media concerning the brandís activities in India. Read media story...

The unending fallout of Unileverís thermometer factory in Kodaikanal
20 August 2015 A comprehensive feature by The Caravan documenting the sombre story of a mercury thermometer factory in Kodaikanal that raised hopes of jobs and dreams of the future, but has left behind misery in its wake. Read media story...

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Poison in the air

in Cuddalore
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...

What is Community Environmental Monitoring?
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..