KERALA

PCB to act on environment panel recommendations

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The State Pollution Control Board will soon come up with an action plan to implement the major recommendations given by Local Area Environment Committee (LAEC) in its environmental audit report of over 200 industrial units in Eloor and Edayar.

The Supreme Court Monitoring Committee (SCMC) on Hazardous Waste has given clear instructions to senior PCB officials that action should be taken on the recommendations, including the setting up of an office of the Board in the Eloor-Edayar industrial belt.

In its report, the LAEC has recommended that the PCB should provide necessary infrastructure for the new office. Industrial units in Eloor and Edayar are now under the regional office of the PCB in Ernakulam.

The Committee found that setting up of a new office at Eloor-Edayar industrial area will help in carrying out inspection of factories on a regular basis. Officials appointed at the office could also undertake monitoring of air quality in the region.

Revising parameters

It suggested that the PCB should undertake the exercise of revising parameters issued to each chemical industrial unit in Eloor and Edayar. The audit report said that the PCB should undertake periodical noise and ambient air quality monitoring in the area. The PCB has issued Rs.2 lakhs for carrying out repair work of two mobile units for air and water pollution following a recommendation made by the committee.

The report has suggested that the PCB should also notify the Government laboratory in Ernakulam as State water laboratory. This will help in analysing the samples taken from units in Eloor and Edayar. The Committee found that delay in statutory sampling could be avoided by conferring the new status to the laboratory in Ernakulam.

Accreditation

Revision of accreditation given to private laboratories is another major recommendation mooted by the committee. The PCB has been asked to insist that private laboratories should have NABL accreditation.

The accredited laboratories should be directed to accept only those samples either taken in their presence from authorised outlet or in the presence of PCB officials.

The Board has been asked to take statutory sampling in all cases where the effluent is suspected to be exceeding the parameters prescribed under the environmental rules and regulations.

Initiating discussions

The PCB will initiate talks with members of LAEC before drafting an action plan for checking pollution of natural resources. Senior Board officials had already intimated the committee members that necessary action can be taken on various recommendations given by the committee.