TNPCB finds chilly oil extract unit guilty

Staff Reporter

It has issued show cause notice to the plant

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has found the chilly oil extract plant here guilty of polluting the environment.

It has issued show cause notice to the plant seeking explanation as to why criminal action should not be initiated against it.

The board has also cautioned the unit of ordering the closure of the unit and stoppage of water and electricity supply to it.

In the notice dated June 15, made available to The Hindu, the District Environmental Engineer has said that the licence to the plant had been renewed on the condition that the plant would not use the chilly waste as fuel for its boiler under Section 25 of The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Amendment Act 1988.

However, the plant has been using the chilly waste as fuel that has led to local residents complaining of chilly odour polluting the environment through air, the notice said.

Stating that the plant and its director were found guilty of violating the said provision, the Engineer said that the guilty could be punished under Sections 44 and 45 A for not less than one and half years but which may extend up to 6 years of imprisonment with a fine.

The Environmental Engineer has instructed the unit to reply to the notice within 15 days explaining as to why criminal case should not be filed against the unit in a Judicial Magistrate court.

The residents of Perali Road around the oil extract plant had complained that groundwater there had turned red and the chilly odour was causing irritation to the people.