Chemplast management denies allegations
New Indian Express
Tuesday July 26 2005
CHENNAI: The allegations against the Chemplast Sanmar, regarding
pollution of the Mettur area, by the Indian People?s Tribunal (IPT), were
nothing but a work of fiction and it was done to malign the company?s
reputation, clarified the managing director of the company, P S Jayaraman.
In a press release here, Jayaraman said the accusations of the IPT were
not founded and the company had been strictly following all the
guidelines provided by the Central Pollution Control Board and the
Ministry and Environment and Forests.
"The study report says that it had found chemicals like ethylene
dichlorides, vinyl chloride monomer, hydrogen sulphide, carbon tetra
chloride and chloroform, but there is absolutely no possibility of the
presence of these chemicals in the outfall point," Jayraman said.
He said the company had not been releasing any smelly effluent to the
Cauvery River. The company discharged only the treated effluents after
several process improvements.
The treated solid wastes generated in Chemplast were placed in secured
land fills at Mettur as per the set guidelines. Percolation of wastes
from these pits to adjacent sub-soil and water body was not possible, he
Jayaraman said the company had started its operations in 1965 and had
been following very strict safety standards. ?There have not been
incidents leading to major injuries to workers and no case has been
reported due to occupational exposure to toxins,? he said and added that
the company also had full-fledged medical centres to provide medical
assistance to the company staff.
He said the officials of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Board also regularly
inspected the company and each and every allegation made against the
company was totally wrong, as it lacked scientific backing.
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