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Interstate dirty dumpers

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2008
Seventy kilometres from Bangalore, a lorry veered off the main road and headed in an unusual direction towards groundnut fields in Yadagere village of Karnataka's Tumkur district. It stopped at an unsown field in the middle of nowhere. Torches were flashing in the dark. A flurry of activities followed, disturbing the midnight quiet. Some people jumped out of the lorry and began offloading barrels after barrels. Others with spades and shovels emptied them into 10-foot-deep pits in the field.

Industrial units get closure notice over pollution

Issue Date: Feb 29, 2008
On January 24, the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, gpcb, asked 15 polluting industrial units in Ankleshwar to close down. The regulatory body said the units violated environmental and pollution control guidelines. There are some major companies in the list including United Phosphorous, Cadila Pharmaceuticals, Lupin and Wockhardt. gpcb officials said the units did not treat effluents under norms. The companies did not operate their treatment plants efficiently.

Industry pollutants in river kills cattle and fishes in Bihar

Author(s): Sujit Kumar
Issue Date: Feb 15, 2008
People living along Manusmara river in Bihar's Sitamarhi district dread kala pani --the river water turned dark red or black with effluents. This lifeline now kills their cattle and fish, causes infection and disease and ruins their farms. "People have stopped using river water," says Bhupendra Narayan Singh of Athri village in Runnisaidpur block.

Thermal Power projects threaten Ratnagiri's Alphonso mangoes

Author(s): Kirtiman Awasthi
Issue Date: Jan 31, 2008
It could be a bitter end to a sweet, juicy story. Maharashtra is planning mega power plants in Ratnagiri district, a horticulture zone known for its finest Alphonso mangoes, which are exported to Japan and Singapore. This year, farmers in the region exported the famous fruit to Europe for the first time. But they are not sure of the future of the business; they fear emissions from the plants could harm mango plantation.

Protests against Belgaum's sponge iron plant

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2008
protest is building up against Kundil Sponge Iron Ltd's unit in Londa town in Belgaum district, Karnataka. People are planning to take to the streets to protest against the rising pollution in the township, which has started affecting rice cultivation in neighbouring villages. They say although officials promised action against the plant, nothing has been done so far.

Tamil Nadu minister backs Cauvery polluter

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2008
cauvery river is heavily polluted. A recent study has found high levels of dioxins and furans in the drains joining the river. The study has implicated Chemplast Sanmar, a local company into polyvinyl chloride and chloro-chemical production.

Court asks polluting plants in Goa to shut down

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2008
the High Court of Bombay at Goa recently asked two industries in Goa to close down their operations. The plants--Sunrise Zinc Ltd and Nicomet Industries Pvt Ltd--which produced 18 tonnes of hazardous waste daily, were operating in the Cuncolim industrial estate in complete violation of disposal of hazardous waste rules for the past 10 years. Nicomet approached the supreme court for relief but a bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan denied relief and fixed the matter for hearing on December 14.


Issue Date: Jan 15, 2008
The Goa State Pollution Control Board has directed Jain Udyog Pvt Ltd, a sponge iron plant operating at Sanvordem in south Goa, to shift its unit after taking appropriate consent from the board. The board took the decision on December 11, 2007, in view of the environmental guidelines given by Nagpur-based National Environmen-tal Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), in its report on the environmental status of sponge iron plants in the state (see 'Rule of law', Down To Earth, December 31, 2006).

Punbjab university plays host to pesticide lobby

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2007
on november 9, papers in Punjab ran stories about a study exposing high levels of pesticides in blood samples of people in the state. Pesticides were also on the agenda that day at a symposium at the Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana. But the "experts" gathered at the meet were not there to allay concerns raised by the report. Their energies were, in fact, directed at dispelling "myths" about pesticides.
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