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Cheyyur plant not viable
CHENNAI, 21 May 2015 The proposed 4,000-MW ultra mega power project at Cheyyur is financially not viable and would put an upward pressure on electricity tariff. This would also make electricity unaffordable for consumers, says a report. Read media story...

US Report Claims Proposed Cheyyur Power Project is Not Financially Viable
CHENNAI, 21st May 2015: The proposed 4,000 MW coal-fired power plant in Cheyyur taluk of Kancheepuram district will either be a loss-making proposition or consumers will have to pay higher tariffs, a US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said in a report commissioned by the Chennai based think-tank Indian Institute of Public Policy. Read media story...

Cheyyur UMPP will make electricity unaffordable in TN, says report
CHENNAI, 20 May, 2015: The 4,000MW ultra mega power project (UMPP) worth Rs24,200 crore at Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu is financially not viable and would only make electricity unaffordable in the state, says a report. Read media story...

Cheyyur Plant Financially Not Viable
20 May 2015 In addition to the environmental concerns over the proposed 4,000 MV supercritical coal fired Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) at Cheyyur in Kancheepuram district, a new study by United States-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis(IEEPA) observed that the project in not financially viable. Read media story...

Cheyyur UMPP will make electricity unaffordable in TN; UMPP Policy Flawed: Report finds
CHENNAI, 20 May, 2015: Even as Tamil Nadu contends with rising electricity rates, a new report finds that the 4000 MW coal-fired power plant proposed in Cheyyur is not financially viable as it will place an upward pressure on electricity tariffs in the state. Read press release...

Policy on Fixing Damages, Rehab for Workers Hit by Pollution Sought
CHENNAI, 18 May, 2015: Workers affected by the harmful effects of chemicals used in industries which also pollute the environment should be covered under a new policy which works towards their rehabilitation. Read media story...

Kodaikanal victims' cry grows only louder
Chennai, May 17, 2015: There seems to be no end to the despair of victims of alleged mercury poisoning in Kodaikanal, where Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) operated a thermometer manufacturing factory for 18 years before it was forced to shut down in 2001 for causing mercury contamination, it is pointed out. Read media story...

No answers still from Unilever
Chennai, May 04, 2015: The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever, which owns 67 per cent stake in Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), still lives in denial about allegations of mercury poisoning in Kodaikanal. Read media story...

Kodai Mercury Dump Burns in UK
Chennai, 04 May 2015: They are far and few, But the voices seeking justice in Kodaikanal, where the Anglo-Dutch MNC Unilever is accused of dumping mercury at its erstwhile thermometer plant, have reached closer home for the transnational giant. Read media story...

Toxic Mercury in the Mist: Holding Unilever in India to Account
Chennai, April 30, 2015: These actions relate to HUL operating a mercury thermometer factory in Kodaikanal between 1986 and 2001. According to a Government of India report submitted to Madras high court (Chennai) in 2011, 30 people died and 550 ex-workers are suffering due to mercury exposure. Read media story...

Scientific community backs fight against MNC
Chennai, April 27, 2015: In a rare gesture, the international scientific community is joining hands to express solidarity with ex-employees and local residents exposed to toxic levels of mercury in Kodaikanal the princess of hill stations where Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) allegedly committed the unpardonable sin of dumping toxic mercury close to human settlements that threaten the lives of hundreds of people and virtually turns Kodai into the 'Bhopal of Tamil Nadu'. Read media story...

Poison case puts Polman's green boasts on the line
Kodaikanal, 26 April 2015 Every day Daisy Varghese is haunted by the thought that her former job in a factory may have killed her six-year-old son. Read media story...

Upcoming Pvt Power Plant Gutted
CHIDAMBARAM, 29th March 2015: A major fire broke out at the IL & FS power plant in Karikuppam near Chidambaram on Saturday resulting in loss of property worth several crores of rupees. However, there were no casualties. Read media story...

Major fire in thermal plant
CUDDALORE, 29th March 2015: A major fire broke out in a cooling tower of a thermal power plant at Karikuppam near Parangipettai in Cuddalore district on Saturday. Though no loss of life was reported, the cooling tower belonging to IL & FS was completely gutted in the incident which occurred around 2 p.m. Read media story...

Unfair And Ugly
28 March 2015"Unilever is a unique company with a proud history and a bright future. We have ambitious plans for sustainable growth and an intense sense of social purpose."Thus reads the vision statement of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), a leading fast-moving consumer goods company in India. But there is nothing 'Fair and Lovely' about HUL in Kodaikanal, often referred to as the "Princess of Hill Stations", a much sought after tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. 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..