Residents Complaint Against TNPCB's Shoddy Science

22 March, 2012. METTUR -- Residents of Green Park who are affected by dust from coal yards set up by Malco and Chemplast in the Mettur Railway Station complained against the shoddy manner in which air samples were taken by the TNPCB on 20 March. The regulatory agency had installed a high-volume air sampler at a creche (Balwadi) in Green Park without taking into account that no coal loading or unloading was being carried out at the time of sampling. The residents also pointed out that as the wind was flowing from South to North, placing the sampler south of the coal yard defeated the purpose of sampling. The sampling was carried out in response to directions by the National Green Tribunal in a matter where G. Madeshwaran of Gonur West Agriculturists Development Union has challenged the siting of Chemplast's coal yard on grounds that the yard never obtained a Consent to Establish from the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board.