Pioneer Allowed to Construct at Own Risk

28 September, 2006. CHENNAI — The Madras High Court today said Pioneer Miyagi Ltd, a bone-meal manufacturer in SIPCOT, Cuddalore, may resume construction of a new factory within its premises at its own risk as long as it knows that the structure may be ordered to be pulled down subject to a report from the Department of Environment. Read more…

Mettur Residents Report Chlorine Leak from Chemplast Plant III
28 September, 2006. Mettur Dam — Shopkeepers and shop-goers near the Raman Nagar commercial area opposite the gates of Chemplast Sanmar factory were assailed by a wave of chlorine gas at around 2 p.m. today. Read more…

Effluent leak from Arkema pipeline to CUSECS 2
Cuddalore, 21 September 2006: A leak in the effluent pipeline of Arkema Peroxide to CUSECS pump no 2 was reported at about 7:45 am today. According to the SACEM monitors, the leak was detected on the pipeline near a mini sump before CUSECS 2. Read more…

SIPCOT Residents Block Highway to Protest PVC Plant
Cuddalore, 17 September 2006: About 800 villagers, mostly women from SIPCOT villages, organised a salai marial (road blockade) of the National Highway passing through the industrial estate, less than a day after learning that the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board had issued “Consent for Establish” to Chemplast Sanmar to set up a 140,000 tons per annum PVC factory in SIPCOT. Read more…

SPIC Pharma closed by TNPCB
Cuddalore, 4 September 2006:
The TNPCB today shut down SPIC Pharma for not following its orders. According to the PCB the unit did not have its Effluent Treatment Plant as per the PCB standard, did not manage its mycelium waste properly, did not provide for a VOC analyzer and had not put up a digital board on its gate for emission information. Read more…

Court Orders Pioneer to Stop Unauthorised Construction
Chennai, 31 August, 2006
— The Madras High Court today ordered M/S Pioneer Miyagi to stop construction of a new plant within its existing premises in SIPCOT, Cuddalore, after verifying with the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) that no permission had been granted for establishing the industry. Granting the injunction on construction, the High Court posted the matter for hearing on 4 September. Read more…

TNPCB, District Authorities Unable to Stop Illegal Construction
Cuddalore, 19 August, 2006 Cocking a snook at the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board, the Factories Inspectorate and the District Collector, bone meal manufacturer Pioneer Miyagi Ltd resumed illegal construction of a new factory secure in the knowledge that no authority will intervene. Read more…

Pollution Patrol 3: Pollution levels extremely high
Cuddalore, 3 August, 2006: Read Pollution Patrol 3 report

Pollution patrol No 2: Pollution level is still high in SIPCOT despite the shifty wind.
Cuddalore, 3 August, 2006: Read Pollution Patrol 2 report

Will Pollution Stop on August 4?
Cuddalore, 2 August, 2006: Yesterday SACEM monitors received a call from the senior officials of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) informing them that a joint pollution patrol of TNPCB and SACEM will be conducted on 4th August, 2006. Read more…

TNPCB abets illegal construction at Pioneer Miyagi
Cuddalore, 1 August 2006: Construction of an illegal building at Pioneer Miyagi Chemicals continued even after Cuddalore District Collector’s directions on 29 July 2006 to the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board to stop the construction. Read more…

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Ground truths: Status of Hazardous Wastes and Pollution in SIPCOT Chemical Estate, Cuddalore


  1. The river water has washed out the toxic sludge from behind the SPIC factory, although the landfill seemed untouched.
  2. Water had entered CUSECS 6 near Victory Chemicals, which is located virtually on the banks of the River Uppanar, in flagrant violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone notification. It may be pointed out at this point that the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board has chosen to ignore, even sought to regularize, this violation despite repeated reminders about this infraction. The extent of damage sustained at this pump house is not known.
  3. The mountain of toxic wastes stored behind Victory Chemicals towers above the flimsy compound wall abutting the river. Much of this waste has been washed out into the river.
  4. The condition of the marine effluent outfall is not known, but given the force of the wave and the currents generated on 26 December, it is important to assess the condition of the effluent outfall.(Link to the letter sent to the SCMC and PCB about the effects of Tsunami on SIPCOT)

Anjalai, wife of late R. Radhakrishnan who died in a factory accident, gets her monthly pension from the month of December 2004: (details of the case)

Pioneer Allowed to Construct at Own Risk
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