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Upcoming Pvt Power Plant Gutted
CHIDAMBARAM, 29th March 2015: A major fire broke out at the IL & FS power plant in Karikuppam near Chidambaram on Saturday resulting in loss of property worth several crores of rupees. However, there were no casualties. Read media story...

Major fire in thermal plant
CUDDALORE, 29th March 2015: A major fire broke out in a cooling tower of a thermal power plant at Karikuppam near Parangipettai in Cuddalore district on Saturday. Though no loss of life was reported, the cooling tower belonging to IL & FS was completely gutted in the incident which occurred around 2 p.m. Read media story...

Vehement no for NCTPS III
CHENNAI, March 6, 2015: Residents of several villages, fishermen of north Chennai and environmentalists vehemently opposed the setting up of Stage III in the North Chennai Thermal Power Station (NCTPS) at a public hearing here on Thursday. Read media story...

Breathing Trouble
Chennai, March 3, 2015: Residents of North Chennai up the ante against proposed thermal plant in Ennore as Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board gears up for a public hearing tomorrow. Read media story...

Chemical Waste Dumped in Private Land Causes Flutter
Cuddalore, 11 February, 2015: Disposal of chemical wastes without adequate safeguards has led to people of a village near here, suffering from eye-irration and nausea. Read media story...

Plant caught in row
CHENNAI, February 4, 2015 Even as the Ranipet tragedy has broken out into a major controversy, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) are likely to be blamed at the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for yet another fatal accident at a power plant coming up in Cuddalore. Read media story...

Chemical Firm Hits Green Hurdle
CUDDALORE, 29 Jan 2015: Environment activists and villagers expressed opposition to the proposed expansion of Clariant, a private chemical company functioning in Cuddalore SIPCOT, during a public hearing on Wednesday. The hearing, chaired by Cuddalore RDO M Sharmila was organised by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. District environment engineer Raja was also present. Read media story...

Private Power Co Picketed
Chidambaram, 24 January 2015: The Karikuppam villagers led by Chidambaram's CPM MLA K Balakrishnan on Friday picketed the IL&FS power company for defying the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). 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...

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..