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Water in Sipcot 130 times toxic limit
Cuddalore, 18 September 2014: The groundwater in and around the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Sipcot) in Cuddalore contains carcinogenic chemicals and is unfit for human consumption, according to an analysis by the Sipcot Area Community Environmental Monitors (Sacem). Read media story

Fishers Oppose Beach Beautification Project
CHENNAI, 17 September 2014: The Corporation's Rs. 55 crore beach beautification plan has run afoul of the Chennai fisherfolk who said the project eats into their livelihood spaces and violates the CRZ Notification. The fisherfolk made it clear that no further diversion of beach spaces used for livelihood would be permitted until a comprehensive Coastal Zone Management Plan incorporating their customary land uses and a long-term fisher housing plan was prepared as per the CRZ Notification, 2011. Read more

Pollution Board disconnects power connection of 8 erring industrial units
Solan, 31 August 2014:The HP State Pollution Control Board has disconnected power supplies of eight erring industrial units in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) industrial area of Solan District. Read media story

SIMA Construction Halted by Local Villagers
Cuddalore, 27 August 2014: More than 300 residents from villages around proposed SIMA textile park site in Cuddalore surrounded the project site and opposed preliminary work at the site. Read more...

Two workers fall to death from power plant chimney
July 26, 2014: Two workers from Bihar died after they fell off the chimney of a private power company at Karikuppam near Parangipettai on Saturday. Another worker, also from Bihar, suffered multiple fractures. Read media story...

Two migrant workers die after falling from a height of 400m
Cuddalore, July 26, 2014: Two migrant labourers from Bihar were killed today and four others severely injured after they fell from the chimney of an underconstruction private thermal power station at a village near here, police said. Read media story...

Coal impact on health to be debated today
CHENNAI, July 26, 2014: The city will host a meeting on Saturday to discuss the impact of coal on the environment and the health hazards the fuel poses. Read media story...

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Poison in the air

ASHA KRISHNAKUMAR
in Cuddalore
Frontline
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..