Chemical leakage: Officials scrutinise Sterlite plant

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 18, 2018 05:22 PM IST

Chennai/Thoothukudi: Work to clear the Sulphuric acid leakage at the Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi began today in the presence of Sub-Collector M S Prasanth and Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board officials.

A minor sulphuric acid leak was detected at a godown of the plant yesterday, closed by government last month.

"There is no need to panic about the sulphuric acid leak as it is very minor and will be plugged," District Collector Sandeep Nanduri said and added that the work would be completed tomorrow.

There was no impact on the public due to the leak, he said and urged people not to believe in rumours. He said experts from Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board, officials from departments of Labour and Revenue, and police inspected the unit on getting information and found a small quantity of sulphuric acid was leaking from the godown.

Thirteen people were killed in police firing on 22 and 23 May when violence broke out at the protest by locals, demanding closure of the plant over pollution issues.

The State government subsequently issued an order for 'permanent closure' of the operation of Sterlite plant.