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TNPCB orders closure of fish meal company
Cuddalore, November 06, 2016: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has served a closure order on Golden Fish Meal and Fish Oil Company at Semmankuppam near here for violating the pollution control rules. Read more...

Financial closure: no more extension for Cuddalore PowerGen
Cuddalore, September 12, 2016 After repeated extensions of deadline to achieve financial closure for its 1,320-MW thermal power project, Cuddalore PowerGen Corporation failed to get further reprieve from the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission. Read more...

'Surplus' TANGEDCO says no to Cuddalore Powergen project
Chennai, September 08, 2016: The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has said that it is not interested in Cuddalore Powergen’s 1,320 MW project (the utility has a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the company) as the State is "power surplus". Read more...

State told to provide potable water to Cuddalore SIPCOT villages
Chennai, September 08, 2016: The villagers had approached the NGT in March 2015, after failing to receive any response to their complaints of groundwater contamination, evidenced by an RTI query. Read more...

Polluters at Cuddalore SIPCOT made to pay by NGT's Southern Tribunal
CHENNAI, September 08, 2016: The southern bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday has directed the State government to restore the right to access to clean drinking water with immediate effect for the affected villagers in the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) estate in Cuddalore. Invoking the 'polluter pays' principle, the green tribunal has asked SIPCOT industries to pay the cost. Read more...

Provide safe water to people in Sipcot: NGT
Cuddalore, September 08, 2016: The National Green Tribunal, southern zone, has directed the Tamil Nadu government to provide safe drinking water to people residing in and around State industries promotion corporation of Tamil Nadu (Sipcot) estate in Cuddalore district and recover the cost from the industries under the 'polluter pays principle'. Read more...

State to Provide Clean Drinking Water to SIPCOT Villages; Recover Costs from Industries - NGT Chennai
Chennai, September 7, 2016: The NGT southern bench passed an interim order today directing the state government to restore access to clean drinking water with immediate effect for villages affected by the SIPCOT estate in Cuddalore. Invoking the Polluter Pays Principle, the tribunal has directed the SIPCOT industries to pay the costs of providing potable water. Read more...

NGT sets aside nod for pharma expansion
Tamil Nadu, 06 August 2016: The National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench, has set aside the clearance given to the expansion of Strides Shasun Pharmaceuticals Limited, Cuddalore. Read more...

Not too keen on Cuddalore Powergen project: Tangedco
Tamil Nadu, June 15, 2016: The fate of Cuddalore Powergen's 1,320 MW project could soon be sealed with Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco), with which it has a power purchase tie-up, saying it’s no longer interested in the project due to inordinate delay. Read more...

Air pollution: Manali neighbour Ennore now gasps for breath
Chennai, 12 April 2016: An analysis of the samples drawn from residential areas divulged a presence of heavy metals exceeding permissible levels, including manganese, lead, arsenic and nickel, which poses the risk of chronic respiratory as well as neurological diseases. Read more...

Ennore air worse in PM 2.5 than New Delhi
Chennai, 12 April 2016: A survey conducted by Coastal Resource Centre along with members of the local community at Ennore creek has produced alarming results about the air quality in the suburb. Read more...

Airpocalypse in Chennai
CHENNAI, 12 April 2016: Chennaiites may not care that New Delhi is the world’s most polluted city (WHO), but knowing a suburb in the city is not too far behind can give anyone pause. 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..