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Nagarjuna Oil Refinery looking for investors to take over Cuddalore project
Chennai, February 5, 2016: Singapore-based Netoil has earlier started confirmatory due diligence to acquire the project for Rs 3,600 crore. Read more...

Getting positive forces closer to save water
Puducherry, February 3, 2016: School children will now get to know the environment and identify heritage sites in their region. Read more...

Fish farmers in deep waters
CHENNAI, January 6, 2016: Several fish farmers in Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Cuddalore districts have incurred heavy losses as the recent floods washed away the fish reared by them in ponds. Read more...

Textile units urge Centre to accept marine discharge system
COIMBATORE, December 29, 2015: The Central government's proposal of making zero liquid discharge system mandatory for textile units having waste water discharge more than 25 kld (kilo litres a day) will hit some of the textile processing parks in the State. Read more...

Floods take a toll on farm output in northern districts
CHENNAI, December 28, 2015: The good news is that southern districts will surpass last year's output. Read more...

Mangroves in Cuddalore district come under threat
CUDDALORE, December 21, 2015: Indiscriminate dumping of garbage and release of untreated effluents by industries along the Uppanar River in Thevanampattinam in Cuddalore is posing a threat to the survival of mangrove forests. Read more...

Agrarian crisis brewing in Cuddalore's hinterland, post-rains
CUDDALORE, December 19, 2015: Across the district, the trail of destruction is striking and the demand is just the same in both urban and rural areas -- need for a robust mechanism comprising long-term measures to prevent flooding and put rain waters to optimal use. Read more...

Cuddalore struggles to be back on feet after floods
Tamil Nadu, 18 December, 2015: With huge tracts of paddy, cane and tapioca plantations under a thick sheet of shiny red sand, vast swathes in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu resemble a desert landscape after the devastating deluge. Read more...

Strides Arcolab Ltd announces temporary suspension of Operation due to flooding and rain at Cuddalore facility
Tamil Nadu, 13 December 2015: Strides Arcolab Ltd's manufacturing unit located at Cuddalore in the State of Tamil Nadu, had temporarily suspended operations for two days on 1st and 2nd December 2015 and had limited operations from 3rd Dec 15 to 5th Dec 15 due to flooding caused by incessant rains in the plant area. Read more...

Mangroves along 15 km length damaged in floods
CUDDALORE, December 10, 2015:"Mangroves planted 10 years back by Aalamaram at Thiyagavalli village in Cuddalore District have been destroyed to a length of 15 km," Arjunan Elayaraja, Secretary of the unit said. Read more...

Small and micro industries the worst hit
CHENNAI, NOVEMBER 26, 2015: Small and tiny sector businesses are estimated to have suffered over ?200-crore damage to machinery and materials over the last two weeks, according to the Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association. Read more...

Declare Cuddalore disaster-hit: CPI
COIMBATORE, November 25, 2015: Cuddalore district should be declared disaster-hit to take up infrastructure improvements on a war footing, CPI State secretary R. Mutharasan told reporters here on Tuesday. Read more...

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Poison in the air

in Cuddalore
The Hindu
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..