Green lobby strikes again

Chemplast Sanmar’s new PVC plant is ready but commissioning remains uncertain as the company faces two petitions in the Supreme Court against the company’s marine terminal facility that would be used to import vinyl chloride monomer feedstock, says this report on ICIS news.

Another report says that local politicians have voiced apprehensions over the berthing of a Japanese ship carrying VCM for the new plant. The cargo was believed to have not obtained permission from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

The company has to file a reply by 9th April.

Chemplast’s 200,000 tonnes/year plant at Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, has seen a number of delays from the initial startup date of July 2008.

Environmentalists at Cuddalore have been actively monitoring pollution in the area as can be seen on this website. And the spotlight is on Chemplast as it is one of the biggest chemical companies operating in Cuddalore

I had earlier talked about the growing resistance to chemical projects in Tamil Nadu. I believed at that time that the Chemplast project was safe as construction had started. But a vigilant green lobby has succeeded in stalling this one too.

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