Public Welfare Association of Affected People of SIPCOT industrial growth centre, Perundurai, appealed to the TNPCB District Environmental Engineer (DEE) G. Udayakumar and Assistant Engineer (AE) C. Muthuraj to take action on the administration of CETP of leather units in the SIPCOT for illegally letting out untreated effluents in public place.
In a petition, the association coordinator S Chinnasamy said that the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP)- PERUNDURAI LEATHER INDUSTRIES ECO SECURITY (P) LTD)- operating in the SIPCOT, took advantage of the rains in the area for the last few days and let out the untreated toxic effluents near the old treatment plant by using PVC hose.
The people of the nearby villages confirmed it and a complaint was lodged to the DEE-TNPCB on 18-4-2021.
The DEE visited the area and found evidence that millions of litres of untreated toxic wastewater were dumped into an unused, old decomposing oxidation pond near the CETP.
The study also confirmed that millions of litres of toxic wastewater had accumulated in unused canals near the CETP.
The toxic wastes are more likely to seep into the ground.
In addition, millions of litres of untreated effluent from industrial plants were found in storage tanks, UASB Tanks, Equalization Tanks, Aeration Tanks, Reverse Osmosis Plants, Evaporation Tanks, and Sludge driving beds of the CETP.
The toxic waste stored in solid waste disposal tanks (SDBs) overflowed and seeped into the ground.
The above actions are anti-people and against laws, court rulings and regulations.
Furthermore, the operations of the CETP was suspended by the TNPCB one year back due to deficiencies in Its operation.
In addition, the CETP company has involved in illegal activities on a number of occasions in the past. In particular, the public has been blaming the company as the main cause of land, groundwater and air pollution problem in the region.
Therefore, the Association wants immediate action to close the CETP and tanneries that have been operating illegally again and again, and discharging millions of litres of untreated toxic waste stored in the CETP, he said.