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Coal Conveyor route surveyed with Police Intimidation
Cheyyur, 22 May, 2014: Nearly a hundred policemen were deployed today to prevent villagers from Vilambur and Panaiyur from blocking the survey of their orchards and homesteads to make way for a coal conveyor corridor linking the proposed coal jetty in Panaiyur village to the controversial 4000 MW ultra mega power plant in Cheyyur. Read more...

Ramnad CRZ Public Hearing Cancelled: Fisherfolk demand documents in Tamil
Chennai, 21 November 2013: After the last-minute cancellation of CRZ public hearing in Chennai on 18 November, fisherfolk in Ramanathapuram district today forced the District Collector to postpone the public hearing for that district until all relevant documents are made available to them in Tamil. Read more...

Sterlite Copper Closed
30 March, 2013 -- The Tamil Nadu Government has relented to public pressure and shut down Sterlite Industries' copper complex today. According to a worker, officials from 10 government departments arrived by the vanload in the plant last night at 8 p.m. Read more...

Thoothukudi Gears up For Major Showdown with Sterlite
Thoothukudi, 27 March, 2013 -- Residents of the coastal Tamilnadu town of Thoothukudi are gearing up for a major showdown with Sterlite on 28 March, less than a week after a massive gas leak injured hundreds of people for kilometres around the company's controversial copper smelter. Read more...

Sterlite Thoothukudy worker succumbs to gas leak, residents demand plant closure
Thoothukudy, March 25, 2013: One worker, reportedly a 35-year old man from Bihar, succumbs to effects of gas exposure following a poisonous gas leak from front of the Sterlite Copper Smelter on 23rd March 2013. Read more...

Sterlite worker falls in empty acid tank; dies
Thoothukudi, 19th March, 2013 -- One worker is reported to have died after falling into an empty Phosporic Acid Tank at Sterlite Industries' copper smelter in Thoothukudi. Read more...

Electrical Fire at Sterlite; 1 injured
Thoothukudi, 8 March, 2013 -- One person was severely injured when an electrical fire broke out in the Motor Control Room of the Phosporic Acid Plant in Sterlite's copper smelter complex here today. Read more...

Acid burn; 1 injured
Thoothukudi, 18 November, 2011 -- One Sterlite staffer, Sreenivasa Rao, sustained burn injuries after he slipped into a gutter carrying acid in the refinery area of the Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi. Read More...

Accident in Sterlite plant at Thoothukudi; one worker dead another critically injured
14 November 2011, Thoothkudi: 45 year old Pandian, a contract worker at Sterlite’s Copper smelter in Thoothkudi, lost his life today after he was sucked into a duct line leading to a chimney of the phosphoric acid plant. Read More...

Oxygen Leak at Sterlite; Major Mishap Averted
THOOTHUKUDI, 10 October, 2011: A power failure in the sulphuric acid plant at Sterlite's copper smelter in Thoothukudi led to the release of a cloud of oxygen gas sending workers into a panic. Read More...

Chlorine Leak at Valsad factory Causes Severe Damage
Valsad, 5 September, 2011: A chlorine gas leak at around 7.30 a.m. on 29 August, 2011, from Makewell Plasticisers Pvt Ltd in Valsad sent more than 30 people, including a 9 month child, to the hospital. Read More...

Worker Electrocuted in Sterlite
17 August, 2011. Thoothukudi -- A contract worker engaged by OEG Ltd to work in Sterlite's copper smelter factory sustained first degree burns due to an electrical accident on 13 August. Read More...

Gas Leak Scare at Sterlite Thoothukudi
17 August, 2011 -- A white gas (suspected to be Sulphur Dioxide) escaped for about 45 minutes at ground level throwing a scare among Sterlite workers, after a power outage caused a shutdown of the Copper smelter and sulphuric acid plant at around 10 a.m. today (17 August, 2011). Read More...

Worker Killed in Sterlite Accident
31 May, 2011. THOOTHUKUDI -- Amalanathan, a 28-year old crane maintenance mechanic, was electrocuted and killed in Vedanta-subsidiary Sterlite Copper's premises today. Read More...

Where is People's Right to Livelihood?; A Report on Karikal Public Hearing on Industrial Pollution
Kariakal, 1 August 2008: Mahathma Gandhi said that backbone of India is villages and agriculture and he insisted that they should be protected. Read More...

Salem District Residents Use RTI to Demand Transparency of TNPCB
Salem, 15 July 2008: - Around 50 people, agitated by the lack of transparency and large-scale irregularities in the functioning of the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board, today filed RTI applications at the District Environmental Engineer's office. Read More...

Air Monitor Nails Toxic Hotspots in Chennai, Manali
12 February, 2008. CHENNAI -- Levels of hydrogen sulphide, a potent neurotoxin that smells of rotten eggs, was detected at roughly 1400 to 29000 times above permissible levels at various locations within Chennai city and Manali. Read More...

Kodungaiyur residents stage gate block, force garbage trucks to return
Chennai, September 16, 2007: More than 150 residents blocked the entrance of the Municipal Waste Dumping Ground in Kodungaiyur today. Read More...

Mercury Awareness at Kodaikanal Tourist Show
KODAIKANAL, 20 May, 2007 -- Ex-workers from the Hindustan Lever mercury thermometer factory and members of Community Environmental Monitoring today launched a photoexhibition-cum-awareness booth to educate tourists visiting the Kodaikanal flowershow on the harmful effects of mercury released from Hindustan Lever's factory between 1984 and 2001. Read update

India-Japan Parley May Legalise Waste Dumping in India
CHENNAI, 2 May, 2007 -- Japan exported nearly 2000 tons of trash, not including e-waste, to India in four years between 2003 and 2006. Read more...

Cycle Rally Reception at Chengalpattu - Songs and Speeches Mark the Day
Nity reports from Chengalpattu, 11 February 2007, 7:00 am: We covered a distance of about 70 km yesterday from Tindivanam to Chengalpettu. The first half of the journey was very pleasant as the weather was nice. We took a lot of breaks on the way. Read more...

Cycle tour leaves for Chengalpettu
Nity reports from Tindivanam, 10 February 2007, 7:15 am: We have started our 65 k.m. long journey to Chengalpettu. Read more...

Cycle tour starts off on a sombre note
Nity reports from Tindivanam, 9 February 2007, 8:05 pm: We reached Tindivanam at about 5:00 pm. After unloading the extra cycles from the truck we left for the pond where the accident had happened. Read more...

Day 2 � First milestone, Pondycherry
29 November 2006 The day stated as usual, two cycles broke down and had to be loaded onto the car and sent to Semankuppam for repairs. The trip to Semankuppam was excellent we were in the right time for pamphleteering, it was morning time and people were either at bus stops leaving for work or having their morning tea. Read more...

Renowned Tamil poetess Kanimozhi inaugurates 1000 Bhopals photo exhibition
29 November 2006 The inauguration of the 1000 Bhopals exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademy was a great success. We had Ms. K. Kanimozhi, renowned poetess and daughter of Tamilnadu Chief Minister Mr. K. Karunanidhi inaugurate the exhibition. Read update with photos...

Cyclist discover the beauty of Puduchatram, the proposed location for the SIMA textile park
Update Day2: 29 November 2006, morning from Puduchatram From Nity: We set off for our next destination to Cuddalore New Town at 7:30 am half hour past the scheduled time. S

ome of us were up at 4 am to fulfil the morning duties while others not so keen on attnending the call woke up at 6. We are 6 km away from Perangipettai which was one of the worst affected during the killer tsunami two years ago. Read more...

Pioneer Allowed to Construct at Own Risk
Chennai, 28 September, 2006: The Madras High Court today while admitting a Writ Petition filed by K. Bharathi challenging the consent to establish granted to the Pioneer Miyagi Chemicals by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, declined to stay the consent order and ordered the Department of Environment to file counter affidavit on the allegation raised by the petitioner that the unit falls within the CRZ I (No Development zone) category of the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification. Read more...

National Air Toxics results prods TNPCB into action
Chennai, 10 June 2006: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board yesterday passed an order banning dumping of garbage and discharge of sewage into the unique and highly sensitive Pallikarnai marshlands. The order comes just a few days post the release of an ambient air quality report by Community Environmental Monitoring (CEM). Read more...

Ex-workers Mark 5 Years of Struggle Against HLL
Kodaikanal, 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...

Explosion at Orchid kills 1, injures 2
Chennai: 4 November, 2005. According to the office of the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kanchipuram, the information of the explosion was reported to the police at 9 pm on 3/11/2005, shortly after the incident. Read more...

February 10, 2005:
SPIC Pharma caught red-handed dumping date-expired medicines
SPIC Pharmaceuticals was caught red-handed burning about 200 to 300 kg of date-expired medicines on the National Highway near the Pallikaranai marshlands in Perungudi, near Chennai, today. Activists from Chennai-based Consumer Action Group and Toxics Link were first to reach the spot, and intimate local authorities. Read more...

   
   
   
   
   
   
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