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Companies in Orissa that allegedly do not pay attention to pollution; Government seems to be soft on themBhusan Power & Steel, Bhushan Steel Ltd., Closure notice once issued, ENVIRONMENT, Tata refractories Ltd., Tatas 1 Comment »
Following are excerpts from a report in tathya.in.
Take the case of Bhusan Power & Steel (BPSL), an integrated power and steel plant set up at Thelkoloi in Sambalpur district.
The Orissa Pollution Control Board (OPCB) on 16 February issued a closure notice to BPSL for violating the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act.
BPSL was asked to stop all production until further orders, failing which stringent penal proceedings would be initiated against the company.
According to sources though the company is producing power for more than 2 years is has no designated site to dump fly ash released from the plants.
In absence of a proper place the company authorities were dumping in nearby places like Laripalli, for which villagers raised hue and cry.
Now they are dumping in Khinda, said a source.
Secondly BPSL filled up the river bed of the Bheden River by dumping earth.
These, according to environmental norms are serious offences.
OPCB had been asking BPSL to conform to environmental norms for the past six months, said the source.
However, the company allegedly did not pay any heed to it, added an official.
OPCB waited for six months and finally decided on closing down the unit.
… On 1 March OPCB has lifted the closure notice.
… Months ago when Dr. Hrushikesh Panda was at the helm of Forest & Environment Department, Tata Refractories Limited (TRL) at Belpahar, was accused of pollution.
He impressed upon the OPCB to issue closure notice to the company.
OPCB issued closure notice and the Chief Minister announced the closure of TRL in the floor of the House.
So unrelenting was he that the State Government was to shift Dr.Panda to provide relief to TRL.
With so many pollution prone large mineral based industries coming up in Orissa, the soft approach of the Government’s Green Authority bodes ill for the state, feel an environmentalist.