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Stop All Work, TNPCB Orders Pvt Power Co
CUDDALORE, 16th December 2014: Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has ordered the IL&FS Power Company near Chidambaram to stop all construction work at the site, following the cancellation of environmental clearance by the National Green Tribunal last month. Read media story...

Survey report puts Cheyyur project in trouble
CHENNAI, 14 December 2014: A rapid survey conducted by a city environmental group has claimed the existence of structures of historical and religious importance near the site of the proposed 4000 Megawatt Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in Cheyyur near here, contradicting the conclusions of the project proponents. Read media story...

Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board Cancels IL&FS Power Plant's Consent
Cuddalore, 13 December 2014: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has canceled the Consent to Establish to the IL&FS Cuddalore power plant. The announcement of this cancellation was made by the TNPCB Cuddalore District Environment Engineer to the District Collector in a meeting yesterday. Read more...

Chennai beached by garbage, debris
CHENNAI, Nov 27, 2014 IIT-Madras may help civic body turn debris into bricksClean Mangalore: Vacant place near skating rink gathers debris.Garbage behind Manmohan's houseHudhud effect on Vizag holds lessons for ChennaiUD ministry orders drive against debris, encroachments. Read media story...

'Corporation, the Biggest Violator'
CHENNAI, 27th November 2014: With 14 acres of beach space lost to ill-planned beach beautification projects and construction of illegal roads, the Chennai Corporation is the biggest violator of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, according to a report released by the Coastal Resource Centre. Read media story...

NGT quashes 'hurried' green clearance to Cuddalore power plant
Cuddalore, Nov 12, 2014 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has quashed the environmental clearance given to a 3,600-megawatt (MW) thermal power plant in Tamil Nadu"s Cuddalore district. The judgement was delivered on November 10. Read media story...

NGT quashes eco nod for Cuddalore power plant
Cuddalore, Nov 12 2014: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday quashed the environmental clearance for the 3,600-MW thermal power plant proposed by IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power Company Limited in Cuddalore, on the grounds that no proper cumulative impact assessment was done. Read media story...

Tribunal puts brakes on IL&FS power plant
Cuddalore, Nov 12 2014: The National Green Tribunal, New Delhi has quashed the environment clearance given to Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Tamil Nadu Power Company Limited by the Union ministry of environment and forests for setting up a 3,600-MW coal-based power plant in Chidambaram taluk of Cuddalore district. Read media story...

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Poison in the air

in Cuddalore
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..