Notice issued to Coca-Cola

Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Pollution Control Board has issued a notice to the Coca-Cola unit at Plachimada in Palakkad district, asking it to show-cause why a criminal case should not be filed against it for pollution.

The notice said the company had sold solid waste from the plant as fertilizer to local farmers, and heavy metals such as cadmium in it contaminated soil and well water.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Ltd. (Hyderabad) said the notice surprised it as the plant had not been operational since March 9, 2004. Ameer Shahul, senior manager, public affairs and communication, said test results carried out over the last four years on over 20 wells by experts, government authorities and independent accredited laboratories, including the State Pollution Control Board, the State Ground Water Board and the Central Ground Water Authority have all confirmed that there was no contamination.

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