Sipcot Area - Community Environmental Monitors

Will Pollution Stop on August 4?

Cuddalore, 2 August, 2006: Yesterday SACEM monitors received a call from the senior officials of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) informing them that a joint pollution patrol of TNPCB and SACEM will be conducted on 4th August 2006. A senior TNPCB official from the Chennai head office will be present during the patrol. Given past experience, SACEM is willing to bet that SIPCOT industries will scale down pollution on 4 August to impress visiting officials. Pollution will continue until 4 August, and resume after the officials leave, monitors predict. Keeping this in mind, SACEM has planned series of patrols in the lead up to and following the joint patrol. The first of these patrols were conducted during the early hours of 2 August, 2006. Odour levels observed during this patrol were between 3 and 6 on a scale of ten.

Read the pollution patrol report here:

Date: 2 August 2006
Time 3:00 am to 4:30 am

S No. Name of the company Time Wind Direction Location of the monitors Odour Rank Health effects Other observations
1. CUSECS 6 3:00 am S to N Thaikal Thonithurai road Rotten dead body 6 Vomiting sensation and giddiness
2. Victory Chemicals 3:05 am S to N TANFAC cross road Sulphur 3 Eye burning
3. Tagros Chemicals 3:15 am S to N SIPCOT Cross road Pesticides 6 Headache The entire unit was covered with a cloud of smoke
4. Pondycherry Alum 3:20 am S to N SIPCOT road Acid 4 Eye burning and skin itching
5. TANFAC 3:25 am S to N ECR road All chimneys were found releasing thick white smoke
6. Shasun Chemicals 3:40 am S to N Kudikadu Road Pesticides 5 Headache and eye burning Thick black smoke was noticed from all the chimneys at Shasun unit
7. Loyal Super Fabrics 3:45 am S to N Kudikadu Colony
8. CUSECS 5 3:50 am S to N SIPCOT Canteen road Rotten cabbage 6 Headache and vomiting sensation
9. Asian Paints 4:00 am S to N Opposite petrol bunk Sapotta smell 3 Induced hunger
10. Tantech Agro Chemicals 4:05 am S to N SIPCOT police station Mosquito coil 4 Vomiting sensation and giddiness
11. SPIC Pharma 4:10 am S to N Eachangadu Public toilet 4 Vomiting sensation and giddiness There was thick smoke emission from the chimneys of the factory
12. Pioneer Miyagi 4:20 am S to N Sedapalayam Road Rotten dead body 4 Headache and vomiting sensation
13. Pandian Chemicals 4:25 am S to N Semmankuppam to Uppanar road Sulphur 3 Eye burning
14. Arkema Peroxides 4:30 am S to N Opposite Pandian Chemicals Neem cake odour 6 Headache and vomiting sensation

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