Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding Vedanta's Sterlite copper smelter plant at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, 15/12/2018

  • 15/12/2018

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vedanta Limited Vs State of Tamil Nadu & Others dated 15/12/2018 regarding Vedanta's Sterlite copper smelter plant at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.

NGT sets aside the closure orders passed by TNPCB and directs the Pollution Control Board to pass fresh order of renewal of consent and authorization to handle hazardous substances subject to appropriate conditions for protection of environment in accordance with law. The unit shall also deposit a sum of Rs. 2.5 Crores as a token amount for their failures for Extended Procedures Liability for inappropriate handling 3.5 lakhs M.T of Copper Slag on patta lands. Vedanta Sterlite Plant shall ensure effective and environmentally safe management of copper concentrate, sulphuric acid including its leakage, leachate management of gypsum Pond leachate and stored copper sulphate electrolyte.

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