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Tamil Nadu government files plea against Vedanta Limited appeal to reopen Sterlite Copper in Tuticorin

Metal News - Published on Thu, 19 Jul 2018

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India Today reported that the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday filed a plea before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against Vedanta Limited's appeal to reopen the Sterlite Copper Smelter Unit in Tuticorin. The state government stated that Vedanta's appeal should be dismissed. The objection filed by the state government highlighted various norms violated by Sterlite Limited and also the complaints of the residents in nearby villages.

Following violations were highlighted:
- Not maintaining zero liquid discharge
- Copper slag dumped/stored along the Uppar river
- Dust emission
- SO2 gas escaping the scrubber
- Authorization issued to the unit on 10.07.2008 was expired on 09.07.2013 and the unit had not obtained it under authorisation under Hazardous and Other Waste (Management & transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016.

The objection also stated that, "There is a strong apprehension among the public that the operation of the unit has resulted in health impacts, ground water contamination, eye & throat irritation due to emission discharged from the unit and also from agriculture. The unit has not submitted any authenticated study report on the above aspects to ascertain the veracity of public complaints".

The objection further highlighted the point that the TNPCB refused renewal of consent to Sterlite on 09.04.2018 and the same is pending till date. TNPCB under Section 33A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 issued directions to Sterlite on 12.04.2018 to "stop all its production and not to resume production operation without obtaining prior approval/renewal of consent from the TNPCB".

The respondent has pointed out that, "It is submitted that it is trite in law that a same issue cannot be agitated before two judicial authorities at the same time and that any attempt to do the same would be ex-facie illegal and unsustainable in law".

The Tamil Nadu government cited that the present appeal deserves to be dismissed on this ground alone and added that as per statute the Government Order passed under Section 18(1)(b) of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 is not appealable before the Tribunal.

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Thu, 19 Jul 2018
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