Freeze opening of new industrial units: environmentalists
Cuddalore, Dec. 7, 2013: Environmentalists, local community and consumer activists have faulted the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for having lifted the moratorium on opening new industrial units and expansion of the existing units in the SIPCOT Industrial Estate here. Read media story...
Eachangadu Residents Protest the Inefficiency of TNPCB; District Collector Promises Action
Cuddalore, 2 December 2013: About 80 residents of Eachangadu village in SIPCOT area, today protested the inefficiency of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board outside the office of District Collector of Cuddalore. Read more..
TNPCB Data on Cuddalore Faulty
Tamil Nadu, 02nd December 2013The latest round of the Comprehensive Environment Protection Index (CEPI), released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recently, has clearly established that the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board’s assessment of pollution levels in the Cuddalore industrial cluster in February 2011 failed to provide the exact ground figures, environmentalists now say. Read media story...
PCPIR project: Green tribunal issues notices to Tidco, chemicals and petrochemicals dept
CUDDALORE, December 1, 2013<: The National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the department of chemicals and petrochemicals and the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (Tidco) to give clarification on the status of the petroleum, chemicals and petrochemical investment region project (PCPIR) and posted the case to December 11 for further hearing. Read media story...
MoEF gets stick for failing to respond to green tribunal notices
Tamil Nadu, Nov 30, 2013 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) pulled up a joint secretary of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests earlier this week while hearing a case challenging environment clearance to the proposed thermal plant of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) in Tamil Nadu. Read media story...
3 TN Clusters 'Critically Polluted' Again
CHENNAI, 29th November 2013: The latest round of the Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI), a parameter used by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to decide on moratoriums for activity expansion in industrial clusters across the country, has put three of the four such major clusters in Tamil Nadu in the ‘critically polluted’ category yet again. Read media story...
Fishermen reject coastal zone management map
CUDDALORE, November 28, 2013 Fishermen and consumer activists have said the map of the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) released by the Department of Environment of the Tamil Nadu government lacks clarity and ought to be duly recast on the basis of inputs to be obtained from the coastal community through public hearing. Read media story...
Ramnad CRZ Public Hearing Cancelled: Fisherfolk demand documents in Tamil
Chennai, 21 November 2013: After the last-minute cancellation of CRZ public hearing in Chennai on 18 November, fisherfolk in Ramanathapuram district today forced the District Collector to postpone the public hearing for that district until all relevant documents are made available to them in Tamil. Read more...
Cheyyur power project trips over environmental clearance
New Delhi, November 20, 2013 The government's attempt at reviving investor interest in its flagship Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP) scheme after a four-year lull is headed south - quite literally. Read media story...
Public hearing on coastal management plans postponed
CHENNAI, 19 November 2013: The State government has postponed the public hearing on coastal zone management plan (CZMP) scheduled for Tuesday. Read media story...
Poison in the air
04 June, 2005
Poisonous gases released into the air by some chemical units in the SIPCOT industrial estate in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods of people in a number of villages in the absence of government action.
At the SIPCOT industrial estate in Cuddalore. Gases released by chemical units have severely affected the air quality in the area.
VILLAGES in the industrial area on the outskirts of Cuddalore town in Tamil Nadu are increasingly being identified more by pungent smells than their names - smells of rotten cabbage, burnt rubber, rotten egg, neem, detergent, human excreta, decomposing bodies, mosquito coils, rotting bones, decaying chikoo fruit, and nail polish. The smells come from toxic chemical compounds that are manufactured or released as effluents by the 18 companies in the industrial area and which have been damaging the environment and the health of more than 20,000 people in about 20 villages. Read more...
What is Community Environmental Monitoring?
Besides training villagers in the science of pollution, the Community Environmental Monitoring initiative seeks to involve villagers in the fight against pollution by engaging them in environmental and health monitoring, and sustainable livelihood activities.
CEM is as much about the community as it is about the environment. CEM sees political empowerment and the right to make informed decisions about development as key to success in the struggle against environmental casteism and discrimination. While local self-help is an emphasis, CEM's philosophy also hinges on holding corporations and polluters accountable. More About Us..