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The manufacture, use and disposal of PVC is associated with the release of some of the most dangerous chemicals known to humanity such as dioxins, furans and other Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Keeping in view PVC's toxic life cycle rich countries have been exporting their PVC wastes to poorer nations like India. The growth of PVC industry in rich countries has almost stagnated, while in India PVC production has been expanding rapidly, they said. They recalled that a 1,70,000-tonne PVC factory planned to be set up by the same management, at Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu was rejected by the local fishing and farming communities, when they were informed of the factory's pollution and disaster potential and intense water usage. "If it was bad for Tamil Nadu, it should be bad for Andhra Pradesh too."
They said it was one thing to consider a fresh proposal, but to knowingly bring in a factory that manufactures a product that has drawn international condemnation was nothing short of inviting disaster. "Why doesn't the State Government invite clean industries? Why not make efforts to develop the seaport, thermal power plant and engineering and agro-based industries at Krishnapatnam, instead of setting up such poison plant?" they asked.
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