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SIPCOT Cuddlaore gets a surprise visit from the LAEC

Cuddalore, 23 April 2005: The industries in SIPCOT Cuddlaore got an unpleasant surprise yesterday when the Local Area Environment Committee chairman, Adv. T. Mohan, along with other LAEC members joined the SACEM monitors on a midnight pollution patrol in the area. The team spent more than two hours in the area visiting every part of the industrial complex and observing and recording instances of environmental pollution and chemical odours. Monitors report that the chemical odour in the area ranged from "noticeable" to "intense" and visibility was extremely low in some parts of the industrial complex due to heavy smoke.

The visit was conducted without even informing the Pollution Control Board because of concerns that information shared with the regulator is often leaked to the industries. "The TNPCB seems more keen to protect polluters than it is to protect public health. They have a long way to go before communities and public begin trusting them," said Nityanand Jayaraman, an advisor to the SIPCOT Area Community Environment Monitors.

What were the conditions in SIPCOT during the midnight patrol? Read Report below.

Pollution Patrol Report

Date: 22/ 23 April 2005
Time: 11:00 pm to 12:15 am

Company

Time

Wind direction

Chemical odour

Rank

Health effects

Other comments

Tagros Chemicals

11:00 pm

From South East to North West

Spent and spirit odour

5

Suffocation and throat irritation

There was light white smoke emissions from two chimneys and there was periodic hissing noise form the unit

Victory Chemicals

11:10 pm

From East to West

Acid and explosives odour

6

Suffocation and throat burning

There was dense white smoke coming from the unit, the visibility in the area was extremely low because of it.

CUSECS 6

11:25 pm

From South East to North West

Toilet Smell

8

Eye burning and suffocation

--

TANFAC

11:45 pm

From South East to North West

Hydrofluoric acid and sulphur odour

6

Throat burning

Light smoke was noticed form one of the chimneys

Tantech Agro Chemicals

12:00 am

From South East to North West

Acid smell and mosquito coil smell

4

Eye burning; irritability

Light white smoke was noticed from the unit

Shasun Drugs and Chemicals

--

From South East to North West

Roasted popcorn smell

--

Suffocation

--

CUSECS 5

--

From South East to North West

A mixture of different chemical odours

7

Giddiness, suffocation and vomiting sensation

--

Asian Paints

--

From South East to North West

Sappotta fruit odour

4

--

--

SPIC

12:05 am

From South East to North West

No odour

--

--

Light smoke noticed from the chimney

Pioneer Miyagi

12:07 am

From South East to North West

Roasted powder odour

3

--

Light white smoke noticed from the unit

Bayer and Arkema Complex

12:10 am

From South East to North West

Mosquito coil odour

4

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Members present:
T. Arulselvam (SACEM)
G.K. Amrithalingam (SACEM)
S. Pugazendhi (Member, LAEC)
S. Ramanathan (Member, LAEC)
S. Shivashankar (SACEM)
J. Parsuraman (SACEM)
M. Nizamudeen (Member, LAEC)
T. Mohan (Chairman, LAEC)

   
   
   
   
   
   
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