PCB official visits SIPCOT, Pollution Patrol by SACEM shows low emissions than usual

Cuddalore, 18 March 2006: Pollution Patrol conducted by SACEM monitors today showed relatively low level of odour and emissions from the industrial complex and the reason for this is not the eagerness of the industries to curb pollution but a two day visit of a higher official of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. It has been reported that the official would be inspecting various units in SIPCOT for two days. SACEM monitors inform that it is a general practice of the SIPCOT units to curb their emissions when the officials visit the site. The visit of the officials brings the much wanted relief to the residents of SIPCOT who otherwise are forced to live in the stench filled environment.

SACEM monitors also found out that Southern Pigments, an errant unit in SIPCOT, which was operating despite closure orders was finally shut, attributing this once again to the result of the inspection by the higher official. SACEM has observed a marked difference in the state of affairs of the complex whenever there is an official visiting the area and thus recommends that these officials should permanently reside in the complex to bring about the much awaited improvement in the state of
environment of SIPCOT Cuddalore. 

Read the report here:

Pollution Patrol Report 

Date: 18 March 2006

Time: 5:30 pm

 

 

S No.

 

 

 

 

Name of the Unit

 

 

 

 

Time

 

 

 

 

Wind direction

 

 

 

 

Odour

 

 

 

 

Rank

 

 

 

 

Health effects

 

 

 

 

Other Observations

 

 

 

 

1.

 

 

 

 

Victory Chemicals

 

 

 

 

5:30 pm

 

 

 

 

E to W

 

 

 

 

Faint acid odour

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

Throat irritation

 

 

 

 

Light black smoke
noticed from the unit and one tanker and one lorry was parked outside the
factory gate

 

 

 

 

2.

 

 

 

 

Tagros Chemicals

 

 

 

 

5:45 pm

 

 

 

 

E to W

 

 

 

 

None

 

 

 

 

NA

 

 

 

 

NA

 

 

 

 

Sound of a machine
noticed from the unit which is currently closed

 

 

 

 

3.

 

 

 

 

TANFAC

 

 

 

 

5:50 pm

 

 

 

 

NE to SW

 

 

 

 

Mixed odour of acid powder

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

Throat irritation

 

 

 

 

There were 3 empty
lorries parked close to the compound wall

 

 

 

 

4.

 

 

 

 

Vanavil Dyes

 

 

 

 

5:53 pm

 

 

 

 

NE to SW

 

 

 

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

 

 

 

 

Shasun Chemicals

 

 

 

 

6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

NE to SW

 

 

 

 

Sour acid odour

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

 

 

 

 

Loyal Superfabrics

 

 

 

 

6:05 pm

 

 

 

 

NE to SW

 

 

 

 

No odour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eye burning due to
the soot in the smoke

 

 

 

 

Thick black smoke
noticed from the unit

 

 

 

 

7.

 

 

 

 

GSR Chemicals and
CUSECS 5

 

 

 

 

6:07 pm

 

 

 

 

NE to SW

 

 

 

 

No odour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.

 

 

 

 

Asian Paints

 

 

 

 

6:10 pm

 

 

 

 

NE to SW

 

 

 

 

Spotta odour

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loud noise of steam
being released inside the factory. It was also seen that the unit has
dumped white colour solid waste within its
premises.

 

 

 

 

9.

 

 

 

 

Tantech Chemicals

 

 

 

 

6:30 pm

 

 

 

 

NE to SW

 

 

 

 

Mixed acid odour

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a cloud of
thick white smoke around the unit.

 

 

 

 

10.

 

 

 

 

SPIC Pharma

 

 

 

 

6:15 pm

 

 

 

 

NE to SW

 

 

 

 

In the northern side
of the unit the odour was of rotten things and
in the southern side there was public toilet odour

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

Suffocation and
stomach rumbling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.

 

 

 

 

Pioneer Miyagi

 

 

 

 

6:25 pm

 

 

 

 

NE to SW

 

 

 

 

Light roasted powder odour

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

Throat irritation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.

 

 

 

 

Arkema Peroxides

 

 

 

 

6:45 pm

 

 

 

 

NE to SW

 

 

 

 

Neem cake odour

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

Headache

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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