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SPCB directs Vedanta Aluminium Limited for partial closure of some units

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Sambalpur | Thursday, Sep 14 2017 IST
The Vedant Aluminium Limited (VAL) plant located in Jharsuguda has received a fresh jolt when the state pollution control board (SPCB) has asked the company authorities to partially close some units till further order. The SPCB issued the directives after reviewing the company's Ash pond breach on August 28 last The company has been on the news for violation of water and air pollution norms by its fly ash generated from CPP and TPP. According to the fresh order, three units of CPP and two units of TPP would be closed till further orders from the PCB office. This would result reduction of power production by 50 percent and a threat of closure notice. "There will be a production loss of approximately 2000 MW due to the closure," the company authorities said. ""we will comply with the suggestions of the OPCB since keeping the power units running is essential for employees and the company," said the PRO of Vedanta Mr Sanjeev Patnaik. Renovation of the ash pond will be taken up soon as per the guidelines and thereafter a joint verification will be made to obtain further consent to operate, he said. "The residents of the Jharsuguda have appreciated the action taken on Vedanta on pollution issue. The company should not run at the cost of the health hazard of the people," they opine. Mr Tapas Raychoudhury, a senior advocate of the town said the state government is determined to take strong action against any erring industry violating the conditions of the agreement. The action on Vedanta is just an example," he remarked.UNI XC DP BM

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