The Environment Ministry has got an approval from the Supreme Court to direct the Madhya Pradesh government to allow a test incineration of the toxic waste of Union Carbide factory that led to the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984.
The Supreme Court last week upheld the decision of a high-level meeting of the Environment Ministry to direct the MP Pollution Control Board (MPPCB), and the Central Pollution Control Board to carry out incineration of 10 of the 350 metric tonnes of toxic waste lying at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) site since 1984. The CPCB is to test the incineration at Pithampur in MP and monitor results visavis its impact on environment through the release of toxic gas, if any, for 60 days. Based on the results of the test, the government will take a call on the remaining bulk of the waste.
April 10, 2012
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