It is normal for the SIPCOT Units to behave in this manner. The problem of pollution has always been tackled with denial and misrepresentation of facts rather than initiating constructive steps in mitigating the problem.
|| SACEM (Air Quality Report)
First of its kind, the report presented the results of the air samples taken by communities to identify VOCs and other toxic chemicals.
Results: 22 Chemicals, including 8 Carcinogens; some chemicals in levels 22000 times above the safe limit.
Report of Cuddalore SIPCOT Industrial Association sponsored
The report was leaked to SACEM and was never released by the industries.
| Study Conducted by Bangalore based Shiva Laboratories, results: 13 toxic chemicals found, including 8 in levels above permissible limits by US EPA Standards, including 6 carcinogens. |
|| SACEM (Air Quality Report II)
|| Follow up of the first report; results more or less the same indicating the lack of implementation of recommendations of SCMC by TNPCB and SIPCOT industries.
||SACEM (Results of two air samples taken in March 2007)
|| The results of these samples highlighted total of 15 chemicals found.
This report highlighted the results of toxic chemicals found three years after the first report highlighted similar kind of results.
- 4 out of 15 chemicals are known to cause cancer in animal and humans
- 11 out of 15 chemicals have been found exceeding the safe levels prescribed by the US EPA or any other standards.
||NEERI (Study of VOCs in SIPCOT Cuddalore)
|| The study of air pollution in and around SIPCOT chemical industrial estate found 94 chemicals in the ambient air, including 15 that are known hazardous air pollutants. The report also estimates that SIPCOT Cuddalore residents are at least 2000 times more likely to contract cancer in their lifetimes due to their exposure to high levels of toxic gases from chemical industries in the region.