Visakhapatnam gas leak: LG Polymers neglected safety norms, finds govt probe

The company — owned by South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd — also ignored a warning sign in December last year, the report said A negligence in safety norms led to the leak of toxic styrene gas in the LG Polymers Ltd chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam that killed 12 and hospitalised thousands on May Read More …

Court Digest: Major environment hearings of the week (June 29-July 3, 2020)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal through the week Purushothapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme needs EC: Report A compliance report was submitted to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) April 28, 2020 — in pursuance of its order — by a Read More …

Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (July 3, 2020)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal Maintain Kudlu Chikkakere lake: NGT The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in a July 1, 2020 order directed the commissioner of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to remove illegal construction in the buffer Read More …

Draft EIA notification institutionalises 1 season data for baseline

Such data is needed for assessing impact of a project on the environment; experts fear Environment Impact Assessment studies will become misleading Data from only one season can be used to create a baseline for projects under the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 unveiled by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) Read More …

Neyveli Lignite issues contradictory statements over blast

Authorities of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Ltd (NLC), who run the Neyveli Lignite Thermal Power Station (NLTPS) in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district, issued contradictory statements over the boiler explosion in the plant July 1, 2020. The boiler at unit 5 of stage 2 of the plant had exploded early morning when workers were about to Read More …

Industrial accidents: Time for Neyveli Lignite to take a call

Authorities of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Ltd (NLC), who run the Neyveli Lignite Thermal Power Station (NLTPS) in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district, issued contradictory statements over the boiler explosion in the plant July 1, 2020. The boiler at unit 5 of stage 2 of the plant had exploded early morning when workers were about to Read More …

Visakhapatnam pharmaceuticals ‘unit’ leaks gas; 2 dead, 4 injured

The city unit of Sainor Life Sciences Pvt Ltd, in Parwada area, reported a leak of benzimidazole gas at 11.30 pm Two people were killed and four hospitalised after a gas leak at a pharmaceuticals firm in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam June 29, 2020. The Visakhapatnam ‘unit’ of Sainor Life Sciences Pvt Ltd, in the city’s Parwada Read More …

Court Digest: Major environment hearings of the week (June 22-27, 2020)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal through the week   Bihar river pollution The Bihar State Ganga River Conservation and Program Management Society (BGCMS) reported on the status of sewage treatment plants (STP) for rivers, including Ganga, Punpun, Ramrekha, Sikrahna, Read More …

The Ganga gets highly polluted after Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh: Report

The quality of Ganga water in the stretch from Kannauj to Prayagraj was categorised as being extremely deficient in dissolved oxygen Tourists at the Sangam in Prayagraj. Photo: Agnimirh Basu / CSE The Oversight Committee on water quality, untapped drains and status of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in Uttar Pradesh headed by Justice SK Singh filed Read More …

Assam gas leak: NGT orders OIL to pay Rs 25 cr, forms high-level committee

An oil-and-gas well, owned by OIL, at Upper Assam’s Baghjan village caught fire on June 9, after leaking for a fortnight The National Green Tribunal (NGT) June 25, 2020 ordered for a high-level committee to look into the recent blowout at an Oil India Ltd (OIL) well in Baghjan, Assam. It also asked the public Read More …

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