Orissa environment panel clears Vedanta refinery
04/23/2010

The Orissa state pollution control board has given a clean chit to Vedanta's alumina refinery in the state's Kalahandi district after conducting checks in the areas near the plant, an official said on Thursday.

Online PR News – 23-April-2010 – – The Orissa state pollution control board has given a clean chit to Vedanta's alumina refinery in the state's Kalahandi district after conducting checks in the areas near the plant, an official said on Thursday.

The board had launched a probe after series of allegations made by some individuals and organisations in January this year, claiming at least 100 people died of tuberculosis over the past few years by the pollution caused by the plant at Lanjigarh, some 500 km from here.

A delegation led by local tribal leader Sridhar Pesnia in January submitted a memorandum to the state government, alleging the deaths of cattle and birds in the area.

A team of scientists from the board made an on-the-spot enquiry last month and collected data and samples from different sources, including data from local health department, a senior official of the board said.

"As per the report the scientists submitted, only one death has occurred - in 2006 - due to tuberculosis in the periphery area of the refinery between 2002 and 2010," he said.

The team analysed the water samples from the river, streams and tubewell from various locations around the plant and found that the pollution in surrounding surface and ground water remained within acceptable limits.

Source: Economic Times