SC for fresh probe by Central Pollution Control Board in PPL

Last Updated: Friday, October 30, 2009 - 19:09

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the
Central Pollution Control Board to make a fresh inspection of
Paradeep Phosphates Ltd in Orissa which has allegedly violated
environment laws.

While the apex court had earlier turned down the Orissa
government`s plea seeking closure of its unit, it had asked
the company to follow environment laws and stringently treat
effluents before releasing them.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan asked
the Central Pollution Control Board to make a "fresh
inspection" of Paradeep Phosphates Ltd (PPL) and file its
report within eight weeks.

"In view of the latest position, the Central Pollution
Control Board (CPCB) is directed to make a fresh inspection of
the company... The State Pollution Control Board will be at
liberty to cooperate with CPCB," the Bench ordered.

Fresh inspection was ordered after the Orissa State
Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) alleged PPL had not fully
complied with the directions of the apex court and was still
discharging pollution.
Earlier, CPCB had seconded the state government`s
recommendation for closure of the PPL factory in the state for
violating environmental laws. It had pointed fingers at the
way effluents were being treated by the company at its
Paradeep plant in Orissa.

However, Paradeep Phosphates had refuted the charge and
said steps had been taken to reduce pollution and the effluent
treatment plant was commissioned and the reuse of processed
effluent water had started in 2004.

The company had said it was trying to initiate measures
suggested by CPCB to check release of effluents in the nature.

OSPCB had issued closure notice to the company after the
firm was allegedly found to be operating without authorisation
and was releasing hazardous pollutants.

The state pollution control board had alleged the firm
had grossly inadequate hazardous waste management practices in
place, a charge refuted by the company.

"The hazardous wastes being discharged to water bodies
caused large-scale damage to marine life and underground water
and even directing the unit to operate for a day would not be
in public interest and would be harmful for the people
residing in the area," the state board had argued.

PPL said the inspection report was wrong and the board
had failed to follow proper procedures while collecting
samples and during inspection.

Earlier, CPCB, in its report, had said though the
effluent treatment plant has been in operation, there are
still concentrations of nitrogenous compounds exceeding the
stipulated norms.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, October 30, 2009 - 19:09

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