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Closure notice served on two SIPCOT units

23 August 2009

Special Correspondent
The Hindu

CUDDALORE: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has served "closure notice" on a pharmaceutical unit and a pesticide unit located in the SIPCOT Industrial Estate here for causing atmospheric pollution.

TNPCB sources told The Hindu that as a preliminary step, power supply to Shasun Chemicals and Drugs Ltd. (a pharmaceutical company), and, Tagros Chemicals Ltd. (a generic pesticide manufacturer) was cut on Friday.

Emission level of volatile organic compound (VOC) from both the units was found to be far in excess of the approved limit. It caused unbearable stench in the area, giving rise to strong objection from the residents and a spate of complaints from passers by.

A study conducted by the TNPCB also proved that the two units failed to keep odour level within the limit and did not contain pollution. Therefore, show cause notices were served on the units as to why action should not be taken against them.

As the companies had not come out with verifiable action in this direction, closure notices were issued.

The sources said that only after the companies proved beyond doubt that they had contained the emission, they would be allowed to operate.

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