‘Pollution analysis done only to justify Sterlite plant’s closure’

Sterlite Copper on Monday claimed before a National Green Tribunal (NGT) panel looking into the closure of its plant in Thoothukudi that due procedure was not followed under the Air and Water Act while collecting the pollution data which the State government had presented before the panel.

Vice President (Sterlite Copper) A. Sumathi, in a press note released on Monday, said that the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board had relied upon data pertaining to analysis of soil, sediments, water and air samples, collected between October 12 and 15, which were “contested and demonstrated to be invalid” during the NGT’s hearing on Sunday.

Due procedure prescribed under the Air and Water Act was not followed during the collection of the subject samples by a private laboratory appointed by the TNPCB, she claimed.

Earlier, the State government said that the ambient air quality had improved following the closure of the Sterlite plant, citing data on levels of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide before and after its closure.

“The analysis results were also challenged as it was carried out only to justify the T.N. government’s G.O. to close and seal the factory,” she said in the release, adding that the data collected before the closure of the plant did not show any anomaly.

Sterlite had presented before the committee relevant documentary evidence showing compliance with environmental norms, and there was no justification for the closure of the plant, the press release said.

The data collected before the closure of the plant did not show any anomalySterlite

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