Kochi

Notice served on FACT for milky white discharge

The milky white discharge from the FACT Udyogmandal ammonia plant that entered the stormwater drain joining the Periyar at Edamula on Wednesday.

The milky white discharge from the FACT Udyogmandal ammonia plant that entered the stormwater drain joining the Periyar at Edamula on Wednesday.  

The Pollution Control Board unit at Eloor on Wednesday issued notice to the public sector FACT Udyogmandal ammonia plant on the milky white discharge from the company’s premises through the stormwater drain joining the Periyar at Edamula.

Inspections by PCB officials found that the cooling water pipeline, which had sprung a leak, was being fixed when the water spread on the premises and formed a slurry with lime-rich soil, which was discharged through the stormwater drain. Even though it could not be categorised as effluent from the plant, the milky white water, which is highly turbid, should not be discharged through the stormwater drain, an official said.

The water could have been collected in a tank and let out after sedimentation. Directions have been issued to stop the discharge immediately. Statutory samples from the plant have been collected, the official added.

Meanwhile, activist Shabeer of Jagratha told The Hindu that it was deplorable that a public sector company indulges in such acts when it should be setting an example by taking environmental protection measures.

According to the FACT management, the water discharged originates from the trench excavated to fix the leak on the water pipeline near the ammonia plant. The excavation to locate the leak in the pipe 1.5 metres deep had started at 7 a.m. on Wednesday. The water in the pit had to be pumped out to fix the leak. FACT has also legal taken samples along with PCB, and results are awaited.

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