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To: The District Environmental Engineer
TNPCB, Cuddalore

Copy: Mr. M. Nizamudeen, Member
Cuddalore Local Area Environment Committee

Chairman, Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes

3 October, 2005

Dear Sir:
Please find the reports of pollution patrols conducted between 27-30 September, 2005 and coinciding with the dates of NEERI’s second round of sampling in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee. Despite the fact that we have not been kept abreast of developments on this front as required by the SCMC’s instructions, we are nevertheless providing you with the reports of our patrols in a spirit of cooperation.

As per our inspection on 28 September, 2005, sampling devices had been placed in the following locations.

  1. On top of a single-storeyed house about 25 feet away from Tagros
  2. Two devices, one in Kudikadu primary school, and another on top of a nearby building
  3. On the terrace of the TASMAC building
  4. On top of SIPCOT office, near SPIC Pharma

No device had been placed on top of Alapakkam school.

As per our inspection on 29 September, 2005, sampling devices had been placed in the following locations:
One sampling device has been placed on top of Periya Alambakkam Government school.
On top of a house near Karaikadu Rice Mill
On the second floor of Mr. Sundaramoorthy’s house in Sonnanchavadi
On top of CUSECS 6
On top of single-storeyed house in Thaikal Thonithurai

It has also been reported to us by some workers that some companies sprayed fragrant chemicals to suppress the smell. Also, it has come to our notice that companies were either not operating, or not operating to capacity during the duration of the NEERI study.

We wish to bring this to the notice of the NEERI study team so that they can view their results for this round of sampling in the correct context.

Sincerely,
Shweta Narayan
SIPCOT Area Community Environment
H19/4 Gangai Street, Kalakshetra Colony
Besant Nagar, Chennai 600 090

Pollution Patrol Reports

Pollution Patrol Date: 27 September, 2005
Time: 7.20 p.m. to 8.35 p.m.

Company

Time

Wind Direction

Odour

Rating

Comments

Tagros

7.20 p.m.

South to North

Pesticide smell

Low

White smoke from two chimneys

Victoria

7.30 p.m.

South to North

Explosives smell

Low

Smoke from chimney

CUSECS 6

7.35 p.m.

South to North

Rotten corpse smell

Medium

 

Tanfac

7.45 p.m.

South to North

No smell

Nil

Smoke from the chimney. Loud noise from the reactors

Shasun Chemicals

7.55 p.m.

South to North

Light Pesticide smell

Nil

Smoke from two chimneys

CUSECS 5

8.05 p.m.

South to North

Rotten egg smell

Medium

 

Asian Paints

8.10 p.m.

South to North

Sapotta smell

Medium

Black smoke from big chimney

Tantech

8.15 p.m.

South to North

No smell

Nil

 

SPIC pharma

8.20 p.m.

South to North

Toilet smell

Medium

Black smoke from chimney

Pioneer Miyagi

8.25 p.m.

South to North

Rotten corpse smell

Low

 

Bayer/Arkema

8.30 p.m.

South to North

Neem cake smell

Medium

 

Pandian Chemicals

8.35 p.m.

South to North

Sulphur smell

Low

 

Pollution Patrol Date: 28 September, 2005
Time: 11.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.

Company

Time

Wind Direction

Odour

Rating

Bayer Sanmar

11.30 a.m.

North to South

Neem cake

Low

Pandian Chemical

11.35 a.m.

North to South

No smell

Nil

Pioneer Miyagi

11.40 a.m.

North to South

No smell

Nil

Spic Pharma

11.50 a.m.

North to South

Toilet smell

Medium

Tantech

11.55 a.m.

North to South

Mosquito coil smell

Low

Asian Paints

12 noon

North to South

No smell

Low

CUSECS 5

12.05 p.m.

North to South

Rotten cabbage smell

Low

Shasun Chemicals

12.15 p.m.

North to South

Pesticide smell

Medium

Tanfac

12.25 p.m.

North to South

No smell

Nil

CUSECS 6

12.30 p.m.

North to South

Rotten corpse smell

Low

Victoria Chemicals

12.35 p.m.

North to South

No smell

Nil

Tagros Chemicals

12.45 p.m.

North to South

No smell

Nil

Pollution Patrol Date: 28 September, 2005
Time: 8 p.m. to 9.15 p.m.

Company

Time

Wind Direction

Odour

Rating

Arkema

8 p.m.

East to West

Neem cake

Low

Pandian

8.05 p.m.

East to West

Nil

Nil

Pioneer Miyagi

8.10 p.m.

East to West

Rotten corpse

Low

Spic Pharma

8.20 p.m.

Rainy. Unable to determine

Nil

Nil

Tantech

8.25 p.m.

Rainy. Unable to determine

Nil

Nil

CUSECS 5

8.30 p.m.

Rainy. Unable to determine

Nil

Nil

Asian Paints

8.35 p.m.

Rainy. Unable to determine

Nil

Nil

Shasun

8.40 p.m.

Rainy. Unable to determine

Nil

Nil

Tanfac

8.50 p.m.

Rainy. Unable to determine

Nil

Nil

CUSECS 6

9 p.m.

Rainy. Unable to determine

Nil

Nil

Victoria Chemicals

9.05 p.m.

Rainy. Unable to determine

Nil

Nil

Tagros

9.15 p.m.

Rainy. Unable to determine

Nil

Nil

Pollution Patrol Date: 29 September, 2005
Time: 11 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.

Company

Time

Wind Direction

Odour

Rating

Arkema Peroxides

11 a.m.

West to East

Neem cake

Low

Pandian Chem

11.05 a.m.

West to East

Sulphur

Low

Pioneer Miyagi

11.15 a.m.

West to East

Rotten corpse

Low

Spic Pharma

11.20 a.m.

West to East

Toilet smell

Medium

Tantech

11.25 a.m.

West to East

No Smell. Company not operating

Nil

CUSECS 5

11.30 a.m.

West to East

Rotten cabbage smell

Low

Asian Paints

11.35 a.m.

West to East

Sapotta smell

Low

Shasun

11.40 a.m.

West to East

No smell. Main plants in company not operating

Nil

Tanfac

11.50 a.m.

West to East

No smell. Main plants not operating.

Nil

Victoria Chem

12.00 noon

 

No smell. Plant not operating

Nil

CUSECS 6

12.05 p.m.

West to East

Rotten corpse smell

No

Tagros

12.15 p.m.

East to West

No

Nil

Comments:
One sampling device has been placed on top of Periya Alambakkam Government school.
On top of a house near Karaikadu Rice Mill
On the second floor of Mr. Sundaramoorthy’s house in Sonnanchavadi
On top of CUSECS 6
On top of single-storeyed house in Thaikal Thonithurai

Pollution Patrol Date: 29 September, 2005
Time: 8 p.m. to 9.20 p.m.

Company

Time

Wind Direction

Odour

Rating

Arkema

8 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

Neem cake

Low

Pandian Chem

8.05 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

No

Nil

Pioneer Miyagi

8.10 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

Rotten smell

Low

Spic Pharma

8.20 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

Toilet smell

Low

Tantech

8.25 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

No smell. Company not operating

No

Asian Paints

8.30 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

Sapotta smell

Low

CUSECS 5

8.40 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

Rotten egg smell

Medium

Shasun Chem

8.45 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

Pesticide smell

Low

Tanfac

8.55 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

No smell. Some important plants not operating.

No

CUSECS 6

9.05 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

Rotten corpse smell

Low

Victoria Chemicals

9.10 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

No smell. Company not operating

No

Tagros Chem

9.20 p.m.

Southwest to Northeast

No smell. Some important plants not operating

No

Pollution Patrol Date: 30 September, 2005
Time: 11 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.

Company

Time

Wind Direction

Odour

Rating

Arkema

11 a.m.

North to South

Neem cake

Low

Panidan Chem

11.05 a.m.

North to South

No

No

Pioneer Miyagi

11.10 a.m.

North to South

Rotten smell

Low

Spic Pharma

11.20 a.m.

North to South

Rotten smell

Medium

Tantech

11.25 a.m.

North to South

No

No

Asian Paints

11.30 a.m.

North to South

Sapotta smell

Low

Shasun Chem

11.35 a.m.

North to South

Nailpolish smell

Low

CUSECS 5

11.40 a.m.

North to South

Rotten cabbage smell

Low

Tanfac

11.50 a.m.

North to South

No

Nil

CUSECS 6

12 noon

North to South

Rotten corpse

Low

Victoria Chemicals

12.05 p.m.

North to South

No

Nil

Tagros Chem

12.15 p.m.

North to South

Pesticide smell

Low

Signed:
S. Pugazhenthi, J. Parasuraman

For
SACEM – S. Pugazhenthi, S. Sivashankar, G.K. Amrithalingam, S. Ramanathan, J. Parasuraman

   
   
   
   
   
   
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