Expert panel set up to inspect Sterlite plant

The south Bench of the National Green Tribunal,which is now hearing a petition filed by Sterlite Industries contesting the closure order

Written by Express News Service | Chennai | Published:April 19, 2013 12:59 am

The south Bench of the National Green Tribunal,which is now hearing a petition filed by Sterlite Industries contesting the closure order served by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board,on Thursday named the expert committee that will inspect the controversial smelter unit in Tuticorin district where a gas leak spread panic and led to the closure of the plant about three weeks ago.

The two-member committee will be headed by P S T Sai,a chemical engineering department professor at IIT-Madras,and will have Ligy Philip,an associate professor in the civil engineering department,also of IIT-M,on board.

During the inspections,general manager (health,safety and environment) D Sumathi will represent Sterlite,while the TNPCB will be represented by additional chief environmental engineer Mohan Naidu. They will assist the committee during inspection.

The tribunal appointed the committee as both Sterlite and TNPCB stuck to their stands on the gas leak on March 23. While the TNPCB alleged that sulphur dioxide emission from the plant exceeded permissible limits,the company maintained that the leak could not have come from their plant, which they claim was under maintenance shut down at the time of the incident.

The case will be taken up again on April 29.

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