Sipcot Area - Community Environmental Monitors

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Ex-workers Mark 5 Years of  Struggle Against HLL         
 05 March, 2006 —
More than 300 people demonstrated today to mark the 5th anniversary of the struggle for environmental clean-up and health rehabilitation against Hindustan Lever Ltd, whose mercury thermometer factory was exposed in 2001 to have caused widespread pollution within and outside its factory. The workers said a recently approved proposal to allow Hindustan Lever to decontaminate its machinery once again goes against science and established practice and puts workers in harm’s way. Read more…

The Sea is Bleeding: SACEM conducts first marine patrol                       Cuddalore, 05 March, 2006 — SIPCOT Area Community Environmental Monitors went on their
first marine pollution patrol on 4-5 March. During the patrol, they inspected the area off the coast of Chitrapettaivillage where Chemplast Sanmar’s unloading jetty for VCM tankers is to be
set up. Read more…

 

Southen Pigments Shut Down Cuddalore, 28 February, 2006 — After repeated complaints to the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board, Southern Pigments has repeatedly been
shut down by the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board. However, it is not clear whether the Board will prosecute the company for operating the factory without valid consent or authorisations. Read more…

 

Illegal discharges into Uppanar resume Cuddalore, 27 February, 2006 — Inland fisherfolk who fish in the River Uppanar are reporting a marked increase in river pollution over the last 6 months. Read more…

 

Illegal factory running despite complaint Cuddalore, 26 February, 2006 — SIPCOT monitors reported on 26 February 2006 that Southern Pigments continued to operate illegally despite assurance by the District Environmental Engineer of the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board that closure order would be given to the company immediately. Read more…

 

Cuddalore Panchayat Union passes a new resolution – says no to new polluting units in SIPCOT Cuddalore

Cuddalore, 22 February 2006: The Cuddalore Panchayat Union has  passed a new resolution on 20 February banning the setting up of new polluting units in the SIPCOT chemical complex. Read more…

 

Residents of SIPCOT go on a hunger strike for a day in opposition to the Chemplast project 

Cuddalore, 18 February 2006 – The residents of SIPCOT Cuddalore observed a day long hunger strike in CuddaloreOldTown in opposition to the poroposed Chemplast Sanmar PVC plant in Cuddalore. More than 50 persons, mostly from Sangolikuppam village of SIPCOT observed the fast. Read more…

 

SIPCOT Company found operating illegally, SACEM demands action
Cuddalore, 18 February 2006: During the pollution patrol conducted on 18 February 2006, the SACEM monitors found out that a SIPCOT company, Southern Pigments, which had been closed three years ago, was operating without a valid permissions. Read more…

 

SACEM monitors conduct pollution patrol, report no change in level of pollution
Cuddalore, 18 February 2006: Pollution patrol conducted by the SACEM monitors once again highlights that no change has taken place in the levels of pollution in the SIPCOT area. Read the report…

 

Chemplast Pollution: Report of a 25-member Fact-finding Team’s Visit to Mettur
13 February, 2006 Twenty-five people from Semmankuppam, Sangolikuppam, Sonnanchavadi, Chitrapettai, Rajapettai, Tamanampettai, Sothikuppam and Eachangadu villages of Cuddalore district visited Mettur Dam on 21 January, 2006, to assess first-hand the pollution reported to have been caused by Chemplast Sanmar’s PVC factory in the area. Read more…

Toxic gas leak from a foundation of a new building at SIPCOT Cuddalore 
Cuddalore, 9 February 2006: A contract worker from Pachyankuppam, Cuddalore, recently lost consciousness after inhaling toxic gases emanating from the ground where the foundation for a new building was being dug. Read more…

 

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Groundtruths: Status of Hazardous Wastes and Pollution in SIPCOT Chemical Estate, Cuddalore

KILLER TSUNAMI’S IMPACT ON SIPCOT INDUSTRIAL ESTATE 

    1. The river water has washed out the toxic sludge from behind the SPIC factory, although the landfill seemed untouched.
    2. Water had entered CUSECS 6 near Victory Chemicals, which is located virtually on the banks of the River Uppanar, in flagrant violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone notification. It may be pointed out at this point that the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board has chosen to ignore, even sought to regularize, this violation despite repeated reminders about this infraction. The extent of damage sustained at this pump house is not known.
    3. The mountain of toxic wastes stored behind Victory Chemicals towers above the flimsy compound wall abutting the river. Much of this waste has been washed out into the river.
    4. The condition of the marine effluent outfall is not known, but given the force of the wave and the currents generated on 26 December, it is important to assess the condition of the effluent outfall.(Link to the letter sent to the SCMC and PCB about the effects of Tsunami on SIPCOT)

 

Anjalai, wife of late R. Radhakrishnan who died in a factory accident, gets her monthly pension from the month of December 2004: (details of the case)

    • New project sin SIPCOT: Chemplast Sanmar wants to set up a 170000 tpa capacity PVC plant in SIPCOT Phase II

 

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