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From July, people can monitor highly polluting industries online

Come July, people can monitor online the quality of effluents and also of the air in the areas around industries coming under the highly polluting and grossly polluting industries in the State. Industries in this category that are located in Mangaluru are Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited, Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers, BASF and Sequent Scientific and Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited.

According to Senior Environmental Officer N. Laxman, Udupi Power Corporation Limited’s thermal power plant near Padubidri, Aditya Birla Chemicals Limited unit in Karwar and West Coast Paper Mills in Dandeli in Uttara Kannada are among the other industries that fall in this category in Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts.

A system of online monitoring of air and water quality is being put in place as per the directions of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). As per the guidelines of the CPCB, online monitoring systems provide continuous measurement of data for a longer period of time. The traditional analysis techniques such as sample collection preservation and sample analysis are automated in the online analysers.

Mr. Laxman told The Hindu that some of the industries in this category have put in place a system for online monitoring and they are being assessed by the CPCB. Now, the process is to make these readings public by making it available on the KSPCB website. “These industries have been given time till June to put in place systems to link their air and water quality readings with our website,” he said.

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