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AP:  APPCB orders closure of Amara Raja Batteries

State Pollution Control Board orders closure of Amara Raja Batteries

Orders for closure of two industries at Noonegundlapalli, Karakambadi, Chittoor District: Identification of air, water and soil contamination due to waste from those industries: Excessive lead levels in the blood of employees in industries and surrounding people: A similar whip on Zuari Cements: Orders for closure on 24th of last month

The State Pollution Control Board (AP PCB) is whipping up industries that are turning into pollution dumps. The Pollution Control Board (PCB) on May 24 issued an order for the closure of two industries belonging to Amara Raja Batteries. Recently Amara Raja ordered the closure of two industries belonging to batteries.

The company management did not respond to the showcause notices issued to rectify the deficiencies in the Amara Raja batteries industry. The AP PCB on Friday ordered the closure of both industries, which are causing serious disruption to public health and the environment. These industries will be allowed to reopen if the owners take steps to rectify the deficiencies revealed in the inspections and curb pollution emissions.

Air, soil and water are polluted.

AP PCB officials conducted inspections at Amara Raja Batteries Industries on February 25, 26, March 8, 9, 25, 26. When the Central Ministry of Forests and Environment issued an environmental permit for the industry, it was found that air pollution was high compared to the specified standards.

According to the regulations, 1 micro gram of lead should be per cubic meter of gas (air). However, AP PCB officials said that Amara Raja Batteries Ltd had violated the environmental permit requirements as it was found to contain 1.151 micro grams in the tabular batteries manufacturing category and 22.2 micro grams in the automobile batteries segment.

It was found that 2,186 kiloliters of wastewater from the daily consumption of water for industrial purposes was being supplied to plants growing in the Green Belt without proper treatment. AP PCB officials conducted quality tests on March 9, collecting soil grades at several locations in the Green Belt. These tests require a minimum of 49.2 to a maximum of 177.5 milligrams of lead per kilogram of soil. But was found to contain 295.5 mg of cesium.

Lead in the blood of employees and the public

The inspection team collected blood samples from 3,533 employees working in the industry and tested them. The percentage of lead in the blood samples was revealed to be in excess of the dose. The industry has also established that the percentage of lead in blood samples collected from people in the surrounding villages is in excess. On April 6, AP PCB officials issued show cause notices to Amara Raja Batteries. On April 20, Amara Raja replied.

The External Advisory Committee (EAC) met on April 22 to discuss the issue in detail. AP has recommended to the PCB that Amara Raja Batteries industries be shut down for violating the environmental permit. In this context, the Pollution Control Board has issued orders to close both the industries at Noonegundlapalli and Karakambadi.

We are taking all measures to protect the environment: Amararaja

‘We are ready to take all the actions mentioned in the orders given by the AP Pollution Control Board. We are looking at all the possibilities before the company to avoid difficulties in supplying batteries to the military, hospitals and telecom sectors.

We are taking all possible measures to prevent supply damage to sensitive sectors in the event of a Covid disaster. Amara Raja has been taking all measures for the protection of the environment for a long time. It has also won several awards. We have explained to the Pollution Control Board all the steps we are taking, ”Amara Raja said in a statement.



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