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Chennai oil spill: Doctors warn of serious health issues, including cancer, for clean-up crew
New Delhi, February 22, 2017: The nightmare involving the Chennai oil spill seems to get even frightening and upsetting with medical doctors issuing warnings about serious health hazards on those who helped clean the toxic sludge following the collision between two ships last month. Read more...

Health concerns raised after Ennore oil spill
Chennai, February 22, 2017 : A team of medical doctors spoke to more than 50 persons on the morning of February 7, interacting with clean-up crews of the Indian Coast Guard, fishermen, workers from the Fire and Rescue Services and Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), apart from residents, including the elderly population, women and school students. Read more...

Doctors warn of health hazards for workers cleaning up oil spill
CHENNAI, FEBRUARY 22, 2017: Raising an alarm over the hazards faced by workers involved in the massive clean-up operations following last month's oil spill in the city, a fact-finding team has urged the government to closely monitor their health. Read more...

Spill clean-up workers exposed to long-term health risks
CHENNAI, FEBRUARY 22, 2017: The State government lacks a database of workers who were involved in cleaning up the spill, thus putting them at a greater long-term health risk as they have engaged themselves without any protective gear, warns a fact-finding report prepared by doctors. Read more...

'Monitor health of oil spill clean-up crew'
Tamil Nadu, FEBRUARY 22, 2017 A team of doctors and members of the Healthy Energy Initiative, India, has called for a continual, long-term assessment of all those involved in the oil spill clean-up, including the crew, fisherfolk and residents. Read more...

Chennai oil spill could cause health issues for clean-up volunteers, even cancer, says medical team
CHENNAI, February 21, 2017: Three weeks after the massive oil spill cause by the collision of two ships near Kamarajar Port, a team of medical doctors have warned that those who helped clean the toxic sludge may suffer from serious health problems. Read more...

Report finds health of workers, fishers and residents compromised in Ennore oil spill cleanup
CHENNAI, 21 February 2017 – A fact finding report released by a team of medical doctors from Chennai has confirmed that the health of the oil-spill cleanup workers, residents and fisher folk has been compromised due to the hazardous nature of the bunker oil that was spilt into the Bay of Bengal as a result of the two-ship collision at Kamrajar Port Ltd. in January. Read Press Release...

TNPCB orders closure of fish meal company
Cuddalore, November 06, 2016: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has served a closure order on Golden Fish Meal and Fish Oil Company at Semmankuppam near here for violating the pollution control rules. Read more...

Financial closure: no more extension for Cuddalore PowerGen
Cuddalore, September 12, 2016 After repeated extensions of deadline to achieve financial closure for its 1,320-MW thermal power project, Cuddalore PowerGen Corporation failed to get further reprieve from the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission. Read more...

'Surplus' TANGEDCO says no to Cuddalore Powergen project
Chennai, September 08, 2016: The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has said that it is not interested in Cuddalore Powergen’s 1,320 MW project (the utility has a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the company) as the State is "power surplus". Read more...

State told to provide potable water to Cuddalore SIPCOT villages
Chennai, September 08, 2016: The villagers had approached the NGT in March 2015, after failing to receive any response to their complaints of groundwater contamination, evidenced by an RTI query. Read more...

Polluters at Cuddalore SIPCOT made to pay by NGT's Southern Tribunal
CHENNAI, September 08, 2016: The southern bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday has directed the State government to restore the right to access to clean drinking water with immediate effect for the affected villagers in the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) estate in Cuddalore. Invoking the 'polluter pays' principle, the green tribunal has asked SIPCOT industries to pay the cost. Read more...

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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..