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Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board is taking steps to check adulteration

TIRUCHI: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) is taking steps to bring petrol retail outlets under its net to check adulteration and ensure adherence to pollution control norms, board chairman K. A. Mathew has said.

"We have already started the process and initially petrol bunks with service stations will be covered," he told reporters here on Friday. Mr. Mathew was here for a review meeting with TNPCB officials of seven districts.

He said the board had taken up a Statewide survey to find out whether all the industries had been brought under the net. The survey would be completed within three months.

Mr. Mathew inspected the effluent treatment procedures adopted by the tanneries at Thiruvalarchipatti on the outskirts of Tiruchi. He said that he had directed the seven tanneries, which had opted for a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) with reverse osmosis technology, to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) soon. The units had approached the Centre seeking financial assistance. He said that they had also initiated temporary measures such as construction of sumps to prevent discharge into open drains.

Answering a query, he said that the TNPCB had issued notices to the Tamil Nadu Cement Factory at Ariyalur and the Kothari's cogeneration plant at Kattur. The units had been asked to put electro static precipitators at the earliest.

The board was also initiating steps to promote awareness of carbon trading and had conducted meetings, including one with the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss ways to evolve clean development mechanisms. The Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited would soon adopt a clean development mechanism. The board had issued notices to manufacturers of Vinayaga idols to adhere to the TNPCB norms.

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