Paradip, Dec 13 (LocalWire) State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), Odisha has directed Paradeep Phosphate Ltd (PPL) to comply to CTO (Consents To Operate) conditions within 15 days of the issue of its directive towards pollution measures.
The pollution control board said on failing, action will be taken against the company.
Sources said due to emission of gas, leaves thousands of trees had been destroyed last August.
SPCB regional officer Mukesh Mahaling conducted a three-day field visit and found environmental damages are being caused due to emission of fluoride gas from the fertilizer plant during rainy season leading to burning leaves.
The SPCB had issued a show-cause notice to PPL under sections 25 and 33A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 and 31A of the Air (P&CP) Act 1981 last October.
The reply given by PPL against the show-cause notice indicated that the authorities have failed to comply with the conditions of CTO order and there was a gross mismanagement of pollution control devices and environmental measures.
SPCB member secretary has directed PPL chief general manager (operation) to develop strategic plan for controlling and minimizing fluoride emission during adverse weather conditions, including the options of reducing operational load and stoppage of production, to maintain strict operational discipline and vigilance to keep the fugitive fluoride emissions within prescribed standards, to give compensation towards damages and operation of the online monitoring systems at the stacks.
Besides this, SPCB has directed the PPL authority to strengthen the infrastructure of drainage network by increasing the height of the side walls of the drain and plug the gaps (whenever exists) which caused mixing of industrial effluents with storm water and to implement a full-fledged system for covering such as crop damage under suitable insurance shame for the farmers of the affected areas, if occurs in future.
SPCB has directed the authority of PPL to comply to all the above directions within 15 days from the date of issue of this order for verification.