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

Cuddalore July 15, 2005: SACEM monitors conducted several pollution patrols from the evening of 5th to 10th of July and documented a series of chemical odours, intensity of which ranked from 2 to 8. The various chemical odours documented were of sapotta, roasted powder, hospital, 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

Gas Trouble II: Air Quality Status and Assessment of TNPCB’s Compliance to Supreme Court Monitoring Committee Order. Download report May 2005 (Adobe pdf format)

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

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.

Pollution Patrol Report

Date: 07.07.2005
Time: 5:20 pm to 7:30 pm

Company Time Wind direction Chemical odour Rank Health effects Location of monitors Other comments
Arkema Peroxides 5:30 pm South East to North West Neem Cake 5 Headache East Coast Road
Pioneer Miyagi Chemicals 5:45 pm South East to North West Dead body odour 3 Throat irritation East Coast Road
SPIC Pharma 6:00 pm South East to North West Rotten things and Chocolate odour 4 Stomach rumbling East Coast Road
Tantech Agro Chemicals 6:10 pm South East to North West Washing soap odour 6 Eye burning and throat irritation 5th Cross Road White smoke noticed from the chimney
Asian Paints 6:15 pm South East to North West Sapotta odour 2 Company service road
Aurobindo Pharma 6:20 South East to North West 4th cross road
CUSECS 5 6:25 pm South East to North West Rotten mixed odour 5 Stomach rumbling and headache Service road
Shasun Drugs and Chemicals Ltd. 6:30 pm South East to North West Spirit smell and toilet odour 3 Headache Kudikadu road
Vanavil Dyes 6:35 pm South East to North West East Coast road
TANFAC 6:40 pm South East to North West Sulphur and acid mixed powder odour 5 Eye burning, suffocation and throat irritation 3rd cross road
Victory Chemicals 6:45 pm South East to North West Unidentified odour 4 Eye burning and throat irritation Industry service road
Tagros Chemicals 7:00 pm South East to North West Spirit mixed odour and hospital like odour 3 Causing hunger like sensations 1st cross road

Pollution Patrol Report

Date: 08.07.2005
Time:5:50 pm to 7:15 pm

Company Time Wind direction Chemical odour Rank Health effects Location of monitors Other comments
Arkema Peroxides 5:50 pm South East to North West Neem Cake 3 Headache East Coast Road, opposite side of the company
Pioneer Miyagi Chemicals 6:00 pm South East to North West Rotten eggs odour 3 Giddiness East Coast Road, opposite side of the company
SPIC 6:10 pm South East to North West Fire and toilet odour 8 Giddiness Eachangadu Road
Tantech Agro Chemicals 6:20 pm South East to North West Mosquito coil odour 8 Giddiness Service road
Asian Paints 6:25 pm South East to North West Sapotta odour 4 Throat irritation SIPCOT Canteen
Loyal Super Fabrics 6:35 pm South East to North West Acid odour 5 Eye burning
CUSECS 5 6:40 pm South East to North West Rotten eggs odour 5 Headache SIPCOT canteen
Shasun Drugs and Chemicals 6:50 pm South East to North West Pesticide odour 4 Giddiness and headache
TANFAC 6:55 pm South East to North West Acid odour 4 Eye burning Service road
Aurobindo Pharma
Tagros Chemicals 7:00 pm South East to North West Pesticide odour 6 Eye burning Service road
Victory Chemicals 7:10 pm South East to North West Thaikal Thonithurai
CUSECS 6 7:15 pm South East to North West Dead body odour 6 Headache Victory road

Pollution Patrol Report

Date:09.07.2005
Time: 5:20 pm to 7:00 pm

Company Time Wind direction Chemical odour Rank Health effects Location of monitors Other comments
Arkema Peroxides 5:20 pm South East to North West Neem Cake 4 Headache East Coast Road, opposite side of the company
Pioneer Miyagi Chemicals 5:30 pm South East to North West Rotten eggs odour 4 Giddiness East Coast Road, opposite side of the company
SPIC 5:40 pm South East to North West Fire and toilet odour 8 Giddiness Eachangadu Road
Tantech Agro Chemicals 5:50 pm South East to North West Mosquito coil odour 6 Giddiness Service road
Asian Paints 6:00 pm South East to North West Sapotta odour 4 Throat irritation SIPCOT Canteen
Loyal Super Fabrics 6:10 pm South East to North West Acid odour 4 Eye burning Black smoke form the factory
CUSECS 5 6:15 pm South East to North West Rotten eggs odour 4 Headache SIPCOT canteen
Shasun Drugs and Chemicals 6:20 pm South East to North West Pesticide odour 5 Giddiness and headache
TANFAC 6:35pm South East to North West Sulphur odour 4 Eye burning 3rd Service road
Aurobindo Pharma
Tagros Chemicals 6:45 pm South East to North West Pesticide odour 5 Eye burning 1st Service road
Victory Chemicals 6:55 pm South East to North West Sulphur odour 3 Eye burning Thaikal Thonithurai
CUSECS 6 7:00 pm South East to North West Rotten body odour 7 Headache Victory Chemical road

Pollution Patrol Report

Date: 10.07.2005
Time: 6:10 pm to 7:45 pm

Company Time Wind direction Chemical odour Rank Health effects Location of monitors Other comments
Pioneer Miyagi Chemicals 6:10 pm South East to North West Dead body odour 5 Throat irritation East Coast Road, opposite side of the company
SPIC 6:20 pm South East to North West Sewer mixed rotten odour 5 Headache East Coast Road
Tantech Agro Chemicals 6:20 pm South East to North West Acid mixed and washing soap odour 7 Headache and throat irritation 5th cross road
Asian Paints 6:35 pm South East to North West Sapotta odour 4 Near industry service road
Aurobindo Pharma 6:40 pm
CUSECS 5 6:45 pm South East to North West Sewer mixed rotten odour 5 Headache and stomach rumbling Service road
Loyal Super Fabrics 6:45 pm South East to North West Dyeing powder odour 2 Kudikadu colony
Shasun Drugs and Chemicals 6:50 pm South East to North West Spirit odour 6 Stomach rumbling and vomiting Kudikadu village
Vanavil Dyes 6:55 pm South East to North West East Coast road
TANFAC 7:00 pm South East to North West Acid mixed powder odour 4 Throat burning 3rd Service road
CUSECS 6 7:10 pm South East to North West Rotten odour 6 Stomach rumbling Victory Chemical road
Victory Chemicals 7:10 pm South East to North West Sulphur odour 5 Eye irritation and throat irritation Service road opposite to the compound
Tagros Chemicals 7:15 pm South East to North West Spent odour 4 Suffocation and stomach rumbling 1st Service road
Arkema Peroxides 7:45 pm South East to North West East Coast Road, opposite side of the company

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