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Union Carbide chemical waste will be destroyed through incinerator
03-10-2014

BHOPAL: In pursuance of the April 17, 2014 directives of Supreme Court, Central Pollution Control Board will destroy 10 MT chemical waste of Union Carbide through trial run. The state government and Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board will extend maximum cooperation in it. Action plan is expected from the Central Pollution Control Board. Remaining chemical wastes on the premises will be destroyed on the basis of results of the trial run.

Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board Bhopal has taken action on all directives received from Union Ministry for Environment & Forests from time to time. The state government will start incineration of chemical waste on the premises of Union Carbide factory as soon as action plan is received from Union Ministry for Environment & Forests.

On the recommendation of a technical sub-committee constituted by Government of India, it was decided in year 2006 that all kinds of waste, including residue of savin, naphthol, reactor and semi processed pesticides  (total 350 MT), lying on the premises of Union Carbide factory in Bhopal will be disposed of through incineration.

Besides, remaining 33.3 MT lime sludge was land-filled in Pithampur TSDF in year 2008 as per norms of Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi.

A public interest litigation concerning destruction of these chemical wastes is pending in the Madhya Pradesh High Court, Jabalpur and an SLP in the Supreme Court since year 2012. Madhya Pradesh government and Union Ministry for Environment & Forests have been informing the Supreme Court regarding this from time to time.