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PCB takes up inventory of hazardous waste

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For the first time, a comprehensive inventory and detailed geo-referenced database of the industrial facilities in the State and pollution potential from them is to be generated.

As part of the World Bank funded project ‘Capacity Building for Industrial Pollution Management' which also has emphasis on rehabilitation of polluted sites, the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) would be initiating the exercise on inventory building.

For the project implemented by Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal were identified for ‘remediation of contaminated sites as demonstration projects and also for conducting other studies aimed at more fruitful regulation of hazardous wastes'.

The idea is to create an inventory of all the industries and also of hazardous waste generating ones in the State and then geo-referencing the same. This would create a map depicting the geographic distribution of pollution hazards within the State.

The database to be created would also include categorisation of industry types taking into account their outputs, resources and main waste. While the data is to be put on GIS platform, further mapping had been proposed for Hyderabad region comprising Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and Medak district and Visakhapatnam region covering Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation area covering industrial pockets up to Anakapalli.

The task includes calculating the total volume of industrial waste water generated and treated at these units, total load of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Heavy Metals etc., district and river basin wise. The nature and type of wastes would also be clearly identified and the handling, storage treatment, disposal practices and information on any visible contamination of land or surface water would be assessed.

The studies encompass raw material, process, product and production efficiency and cover bulk drug manufacturing units etc.

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