Sipcot Area - Community Environmental Monitors

Chairman, Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes

Reports

To: The District Environmental Engineer
TNPCB, Cuddalore

Copy: Mr. M. Nizamudeen, Member
Cuddalore Local Area Environment Committee

Chairman, Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes

3 October, 2005

Dear Sir:
Please find the reports of pollution patrols conducted between 27-30 September, 2005 and coinciding with the dates of NEERIs second round of sampling in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee. Despite the fact that we have not been kept abreast of developments on this front as required by the SCMCs instructions, we are nevertheless providing you with the reports of our patrols in a spirit of cooperation.

As per our inspection on 28 September, 2005, sampling devices had been placed in the following locations.

  1. On top of a single-storeyed house about 25 feet away from Tagros
  2. Two devices, one in Kudikadu primary school, and another on top of a nearby building
  3. On the terrace of the TASMAC building
  4. On top of SIPCOT office, near SPIC Pharma

No device had been placed on top of Alapakkam school.

As per our inspection on 29 September, 2005, sampling devices had been placed in the following locations:
One sampling device has been placed on top of Periya Alambakkam Government school.
On top of a house near Karaikadu Rice Mill
On the second floor of Mr. Sundaramoorthys house in Sonnanchavadi
On top of CUSECS 6
On top of single-storeyed house in Thaikal Thonithurai

It has also been reported to us by some workers that some companies sprayed fragrant chemicals to suppress the smell. Also, it has come to our notice that companies were either not operating, or not operating to capacity during the duration of the NEERI study.

We wish to bring this to the notice of the NEERI study team so that they can view their results for this round of sampling in the correct context.

Sincerely,
Shweta Narayan
SIPCOT Area Community Environment
H19/4 Gangai Street, Kalakshetra Colony
Besant Nagar, Chennai 600 090

Pollution Patrol Reports

Pollution Patrol Date: 27 September, 2005
Time: 7.20 p.m. to 8.35 p.m.

Company Time Wind Direction Odour Rating Comments
Tagros 7.20 p.m. South to North Pesticide smell Low White smoke from two chimneys
Victoria 7.30 p.m. South to North Explosives smell Low Smoke from chimney
CUSECS 6 7.35 p.m. South to North Rotten corpse smell Medium
Tanfac 7.45 p.m. South to North No smell Nil Smoke from the chimney. Loud noise from the reactors
Shasun Chemicals 7.55 p.m. South to North Light Pesticide smell Nil Smoke from two chimneys
CUSECS 5 8.05 p.m. South to North Rotten egg smell Medium
Asian Paints 8.10 p.m. South to North Sapotta smell Medium Black smoke from big chimney
Tantech 8.15 p.m. South to North No smell Nil
SPIC pharma 8.20 p.m. South to North Toilet smell Medium Black smoke from chimney
Pioneer Miyagi 8.25 p.m. South to North Rotten corpse smell Low
Bayer/Arkema 8.30 p.m. South to North Neem cake smell Medium
Pandian Chemicals 8.35 p.m. South to North Sulphur smell Low

Pollution Patrol Date: 28 September, 2005
Time: 11.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.

Company Time Wind Direction Odour Rating
Bayer Sanmar 11.30 a.m. North to South Neem cake Low
Pandian Chemical 11.35 a.m. North to South No smell Nil
Pioneer Miyagi 11.40 a.m. North to South No smell Nil
Spic Pharma 11.50 a.m. North to South Toilet smell Medium
Tantech 11.55 a.m. North to South Mosquito coil smell Low
Asian Paints 12 noon North to South No smell Low
CUSECS 5 12.05 p.m. North to South Rotten cabbage smell Low
Shasun Chemicals 12.15 p.m. North to South Pesticide smell Medium
Tanfac 12.25 p.m. North to South No smell Nil
CUSECS 6 12.30 p.m. North to South Rotten corpse smell Low
Victoria Chemicals 12.35 p.m. North to South No smell Nil
Tagros Chemicals 12.45 p.m. North to South No smell Nil

Pollution Patrol Date: 28 September, 2005
Time: 8 p.m. to 9.15 p.m.

Company Time Wind Direction Odour Rating
Arkema 8 p.m. East to West Neem cake Low
Pandian 8.05 p.m. East to West Nil Nil
Pioneer Miyagi 8.10 p.m. East to West Rotten corpse Low
Spic Pharma 8.20 p.m. Rainy. Unable to determine Nil Nil
Tantech 8.25 p.m. Rainy. Unable to determine Nil Nil
CUSECS 5 8.30 p.m. Rainy. Unable to determine Nil Nil
Asian Paints 8.35 p.m. Rainy. Unable to determine Nil Nil
Shasun 8.40 p.m. Rainy. Unable to determine Nil Nil
Tanfac 8.50 p.m. Rainy. Unable to determine Nil Nil
CUSECS 6 9 p.m. Rainy. Unable to determine Nil Nil
Victoria Chemicals 9.05 p.m. Rainy. Unable to determine Nil Nil
Tagros 9.15 p.m. Rainy. Unable to determine Nil Nil

Pollution Patrol Date: 29 September, 2005
Time: 11 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.

Company Time Wind Direction Odour Rating
Arkema Peroxides 11 a.m. West to East Neem cake Low
Pandian Chem 11.05 a.m. West to East Sulphur Low
Pioneer Miyagi 11.15 a.m. West to East Rotten corpse Low
Spic Pharma 11.20 a.m. West to East Toilet smell Medium
Tantech 11.25 a.m. West to East No Smell. Company not operating Nil
CUSECS 5 11.30 a.m. West to East Rotten cabbage smell Low
Asian Paints 11.35 a.m. West to East Sapotta smell Low
Shasun 11.40 a.m. West to East No smell. Main plants in company not operating Nil
Tanfac 11.50 a.m. West to East No smell. Main plants not operating. Nil
Victoria Chem 12.00 noon No smell. Plant not operating Nil
CUSECS 6 12.05 p.m. West to East Rotten corpse smell No
Tagros 12.15 p.m. East to West No Nil

Comments:
One sampling device has been placed on top of Periya Alambakkam Government school.
On top of a house near Karaikadu Rice Mill
On the second floor of Mr. Sundaramoorthy’s house in Sonnanchavadi
On top of CUSECS 6
On top of single-storeyed house in Thaikal Thonithurai

Pollution Patrol Date: 29 September, 2005
Time: 8 p.m. to 9.20 p.m.

Company Time Wind Direction Odour Rating
Arkema 8 p.m. Southwest to Northeast Neem cake Low
Pandian Chem 8.05 p.m. Southwest to Northeast No Nil
Pioneer Miyagi 8.10 p.m. Southwest to Northeast Rotten smell Low
Spic Pharma 8.20 p.m. Southwest to Northeast Toilet smell Low
Tantech 8.25 p.m. Southwest to Northeast No smell. Company not operating No
Asian Paints 8.30 p.m. Southwest to Northeast Sapotta smell Low
CUSECS 5 8.40 p.m. Southwest to Northeast Rotten egg smell Medium
Shasun Chem 8.45 p.m. Southwest to Northeast Pesticide smell Low
Tanfac 8.55 p.m. Southwest to Northeast No smell. Some important plants not operating. No
CUSECS 6 9.05 p.m. Southwest to Northeast Rotten corpse smell Low
Victoria Chemicals 9.10 p.m. Southwest to Northeast No smell. Company not operating No
Tagros Chem 9.20 p.m. Southwest to Northeast No smell. Some important plants not operating No

Pollution Patrol Date: 30 September, 2005
Time: 11 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.

Company Time Wind Direction Odour Rating
Arkema 11 a.m. North to South Neem cake Low
Panidan Chem 11.05 a.m. North to South No No
Pioneer Miyagi 11.10 a.m. North to South Rotten smell Low
Spic Pharma 11.20 a.m. North to South Rotten smell Medium
Tantech 11.25 a.m. North to South No No
Asian Paints 11.30 a.m. North to South Sapotta smell Low
Shasun Chem 11.35 a.m. North to South Nailpolish smell Low
CUSECS 5 11.40 a.m. North to South Rotten cabbage smell Low
Tanfac 11.50 a.m. North to South No Nil
CUSECS 6 12 noon North to South Rotten corpse Low
Victoria Chemicals 12.05 p.m. North to South No Nil
Tagros Chem 12.15 p.m. North to South Pesticide smell Low

Signed:
S. Pugazhenthi, J. Parasuraman

For
SACEM S. Pugazhenthi, S. Sivashankar, G.K. Amrithalingam, S. Ramanathan, J. Parasuraman

Chairman, Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes
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