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SIPCOT air continues to be a cocktail of chemical odours reports SACEM pollution patrol

Cuddalore July 8, 2005: SACEM monitors conducted two pollution patrols on the evening of 5th and 6th of July. The patrol documented a series of chemical odours ranking from 2 to 8. The various chemical odours documented were of Chikoo odour, roasted powder odour, hospital odour, and rotten smell.

The patrol conducted in SIPCOT area were also to document the existing pollution in the area, despite the fact that the SCMC had ordered the TNPCB and industries to initiate the process of cleaning up the SIPCOT air and bring down the levels of VOCs in September 2004. The deadline for implementing the SCMC recommendation expired on June 30, 2005.

SACEM has already established that the chemical odours in the air also indicate the presence of VOCs in the air. The bucket samples taken during similar chemicals odours proved the presence of VOCs in the extremely high levels in the air.

So far SACEM has identified the presence of 24 chemicals in the air through a series of bucket sampling exercises.

Also read Air Quality Reports of SACEM

Pollution Patrol Report

Date: 05.07.2005
Time: 6:15 pm to 7:35 pm

Company Time Wind direction Chemical odour Rank Health effects Location of monitors Other comments
Arkema Peroxides and Bayer

 

6:15 pm South East to North West No Smell North side of Bayer

 

Pioneer Miyagi Ltd.

 

6:25 pm South East to North West No Smell East Coast Road
SPIC 6:30 pm South East to North West ETP Smell and Rotten Smell 5 Stomach rumbling and breathing trouble

 

Eachangadu village
Asian Paints 6:35 pm South East to North West

 

Chikoo Smell 3 Riverside service road Steam sound noticed from the unit
CUSECS 5 6:40 pm South East to North West

 

Mixed smell 5 Suffocation and headache Near CUSECS 5
Aurobindo Pharma 6:40 pm South East to North West

 

Unidentified smell 2 4th Service Road
Shasun Drugs and Chemicals Ltd.

 

6:40 pm South East to North West Acid and toilet smell 7 Suffocation and headache Kudikadu Road Motor sound and steam sound
Guru Enterprises 6:50 pm South East to North West

 

Acetic acid smell 7 Breathing problems East Coast Road
TANFAC 6:55 pm South East to North West

 

Powder mixed acid smell 3 3rd service road
Victory Chemicals 7:00 pm South East to North West

 

Spices smell 8 Eye burning and suffocation Near the industry riverside
Tagros 7:10 pm South East to North West

 

Unidentified smell 4 1st service road Steam sound and white smoke noticed from the chimney
Tantech Agro Chemicals 7:35 pm South East to North West

 

Smoke mixed acid smell 4 Eye burning sensation 5th service road

Monitors present:
S. Ramanathan; S. Pugazendhi; S. Shivashankar

Pollution Patrol Report

Date: 06.07.2005
Time: 5:20 pm to 7:30 pm

Company Time Wind direction Chemical odour Rank Health effects Location of monitors Other comments
Pioneer Miyagi Ltd.

 

5:20 pm South East to North West Roasted powder smell 2 East coast road

 

SPIC 5:30 pm South East to North West

 

Rotten material smell and penicillin and glucose smell

 

5 Stomach rumbling and vomiting sensation East Coast Road
Tantech Agro Chemicals 5:35 pm South East to North West Acid mixed smell 7 Eye burning, suffocation and throat burning

 

5th cross road High white smoke
Asian Paints 5:40 pm South East to North West

 

Chikoo Smell 4 Headache Service road
Aurobindo Pharma 5:50 pm South East to North West

 

4th cross road
CUSECS 5 5:55 pm South East to North West

 

Rotten mixed smell 7 Close to CUSECS no 5
Shasun Drugs and Chemicals Ltd.

 

6:00 pm South East to North West Spirit and toilet smell 6 Stomach rumbling and headache Service road
Vanavil 6:05 pm South East to North West

 

East Coast Road
TANFAC 6:15 pm South East to North West

 

Powder mixed acid smell and DDHF smell 8 Suffocating, eye burning and throat burning Service road Light smoke
Victory Chemicals 6:20 pm South East to North West

 

Unidentified smell 4 Eye burning and suffocation Service road
Tagros 6:30 pm South East to North West

 

Hospital smell 4 Service road Steam releasing sound
Arkema Peroxide 7:30 pm South East to North West

 

Neem cake smell 5 Headache East coast road

Note: Incoming effluent water to CUSECS from Loyal Super Fabrics was of the colour of red mud.
Monitors present: T. Arulselvam; S. Pugazendhi; S. Ramanathan; S. Shivashankar; J. Parsuraman

SIPCOT air continues to be a cocktail of chemical odours reports SACEM pollution patrol
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