CPCB orders Tata Chemicals shut Haldia plant

Central pollution board orders Tata Chemicals to shut Haldia plant

6:43 AM, 16th March 2017
A file photo of Tata Chemical plant at Haldia
A file photo of Tata Chemical plant at Haldia. © Livemint

KOLKATA, INDIA: Tata Chemicals Limited said that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has ordered it to shut down its Haldia plant in West Bengal for alleged on a compliance of the prescribed norms of liquid effluent discharge.

The firm has made a written representation to CPCB to withdraw the order, but company officials said that it would not have any material impact as the plant is already under planned shutdown between February 21 and April 15, for relocation of ammonia pipeline and scheduled maintenance.

"This is to inform you that on 11 March, the company has received a notice from the CPCB directing the company under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 to shut down plant operations at Haldia, West Bengal, for alleged non-compliance with prescribed norms for liquid effluent discharge," the company said in a regulatory filing.

This order was based on the analysis of sample drawn on January 9, by CPCB which alleges to have breached the prescribed norms for discharge of effluents, it added.

"The company in its representation (to CPCB) has submitted reports of parallel samples drawn on the same day as CPCB confirming the compliance with the prescribed norms by the State Pollution Control Board approved lab," the company said.

The plant produces chemicals like sulphuric acid, phosphoric acid, sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP). And fertiliser like diammonium phosphate (DAP), nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) complexes and single superphosphate (SSP).

It has a capacity of over 1.2 metric tonnes per annum and is the sole manufacturing unit for DAP/NPK complexes in West Bengal, India.

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