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  • TATA REFRACTORIES(BELPAHAR) FACES CLOSURE By Jibanendra Mahanty
    Dear All,
     
    Please find attached hereto a News report, describing the  consistent failure of Tata Refractories to comply with the requirements of Effluent Treatment  Standards, and the consequences arising therefrom.
     
    It is rather surprising and unfortunate that a Company ( which meets the bulk requirement of refractories of Tata Steel)  of TATA Group violated the Pollution Control Norms time and again and installed an under-capacity Effluent Treatment Plant (according to the said report), with a deliberate strategy to divert a part of the factory effluent directly to the natural water courses without the mandatory treatment. Such deliberate attempts to hoodwink the Administration deserves to be condemned.
     
    The above noted story also goes to disprove the general impression  (of the People and the Society) that the Tata Group is always sensitive to respect the Ecology and Environment of the Nation. This is a shame to the House of Tatas! I think the real mission of the Tatas has been abundantly exposed.
     
    Besides the Closure of the factory, the TRL should also compensate for the damages it has inflicted on the Land and water Courses of the neighbouring villages, and the State Govt must impose heavy penalty on  TRL.
     
    I am  sure that the Tata Group will avoid a permanent closure of the Factory, by setting up of a modern Effluent Treatment  Plant having  adequate capacity to handle effluent of the factory plus 50% spare capacity, on an Urgent basis.
     
     
    At the same time Orissa Pollution Control Board should also undertake similar Investigations into the working of other potential  Polluting Industries/Plants like RSP, NALCO, NTPC, Bhushan Steel, MESCO, Fertiliser Unit in Paradip, ORIND, FACOR, MCL Coal washeries, etc  to ensure that the Violators ( of Pollution Control Norms)  do not go unpunished.
     
    It is proposed that  the State Pollution Control Board should also get associated with the Feasibility Reports & Project Specn  and Construction of the  future Industries and direct  the prospective Units to implement the Effluent Treatment Plants. ESPs for the exhaust gas, Green Corridor, etc at the appropriate time so as to avoid sudden closure of Units after the commissioning.  The Pollution Control Board needs to be adequately  reinforced to handle the voluminous task in an objective manner.
     
     
    Thanks,
     
    J.N.Mahanty

    47-year-old Tata Refractories faces closure

    Pioneer News Service | Bhubaneswar

    ...for polluting villages with untreated wastewater

    Finally, one of the oldest industries of the State, Tata Refractories Limited (TRL) will be closed down. The announcement came from none other than Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik himself in the Assembly on Monday. He was responding to a special mention made by Congress members Anup Kumar Sai, Nalini Kanta Mohanty, Debashish Pattnaik, Narasingha Mishra and Tara Prasad Bahinipati and Government Chief Whip Kishore Mohanty in the House. TRL was established in 1960 at Belphar in Jharsuguda district.

    Patnaik, who holds the Forest and Environment portfolio, said in a statement that the process of closure of the plant has started since June 30 and various sections have already been closed. The remaining sections are in the verge of closing down in a phased manner by July 5, keeping the safety and technical aspect in mind.

    The Chief Minister said that the action of the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) came in wake of the gross violation of the consent conditions stipulated by the SPCB. Giving out details, he said the SPCB had issued a show-cause notice on November 20, 2006 to TRL for discharging polluted waste water to the Jurabaga Nallah. The waste water contaminated with highly toxic pollutants like phenol, cyanide and other coal chemicals were polluting the villages. However, TRL commissioned a new Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) in December, 2006 to treat the waste water generated from Gas Producer Plant. The ETP was designed to remove phenol, cyanide and other chemicals from the wastewater.

    It was found by the SPCB that after commissioning of the new ETP, the discharge of untreated waste water outside was stopped. Considering the compliance of the rules, the SPCB granted consent to the plant in March 2007 to continue its operation. Meanwhile, reports were received that the plant was discharging some untreated waste water outside.

    The SPCB Regional Officer, Sambalpur, immediately conducted a detailed investigation and it was found that: all the wastewater was not treated in the ETP and a major part of it was being diverted at many stages. Wastewater along with surface runoff was observed to be discharged outside the factory premises near the dolomite plant.

    The untreated waste water from the collection sump, instead of being treated in the ETP, was pumped out on the western side of the plant. Bypass systems were observed in the settling tanks constructed at both the outlets near 'L' and 'O' type quarters.

    Due to the discharge of the untreated effluent outside, the Jorabaga village on the southern side and Jahajpada on the western side of the plant were adversely affected. Water in some wells at Jahajpada was found to be contaminated with the effluents.

    Oil and grease was visible in the outlet drains. The quality of wastewater discharged outside, including the ETP outlet, with respect to phenol was found to be about 50 times that of the prescribed norm.

    Since the industry grossly violated the consent conditions by not operating the ETP properly and was illegally discharging highly toxic effluent to outside, posing significant environmental risks, the SPCB revoked its consent order. Accordingly, the SPCB issued a direction of closure on June 28 under Section 33A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, said the Chief Minister.


    Contact Details:Jibanendra Mahanty

    Post Date:7/7/2007 10:38:57 AM Validity:36500 Days
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