Community environmental monitoring (CEM) Phase 2 presentation. July 20, 2012. Quick recap…. CEM - Initiated in 2003 SIPCOT industrial estate. Extent of the proble m. W ithin 12 years of SIPCOT’s establishment in Cuddalore , we see:
July 20, 2012
Within 12 years of SIPCOT’s establishment in Cuddalore, we see:
Lobby work over issues on worker’s status in Kodaikanaland pending cases of Public Liability Insurance and Employee State Insurance in Mettur
Change in chairperson of TNPCB – issue by issue orientation by CEM on various environmental campaigns in TN
Two day training for residents an activists from Tuticorin, currently engaged in fighting environment and human rights violations of SterliteIndustries copper smelter and Drangdara Chemical Work’s PVC plant in the district. The workshop included interaction with the residents, training on the skills of environmental monitoring, site visit and strategy discussions for the months ahead.
Gas leak from Shasun Chemicals – more than 300 people affected. Lobbying by CEM to Environment depts. and TNPCB to ensure that such instances do not repeat in similar units in the complex.
CEM along with Metturresidents released a report titled “Zero Discharge; Zero Truth -- ChemplastSanmar'sIllegal Discharge into River Kaveri” highlighting ChemplastSanmar’s violations in the region
Challenge a proposal for locating shipbuilding Goodearth Shipbuilding Pvt. Ltd during a public hearing of the project.
Displacing an adjoining mangrove forest, considered to be the 2nd largest in world
More than 700 residents from the proposed project impacted region attended the hearing
Decision by Ministry of Environment and Forests (Government of India).
Moratorium in the SIPCOT region
Withdrawn based on fudged data in February 2011.
Force the government for a regional carrying capacity study of Cuddalore
Study for data to support that the environment cant take more burdens of chemical industries.
CEM has discovered that a new proposal to set up a petrochemical SEZ along the Cuddalore coast is being planned by the TN and the Central Government.
In order to compile information we have already started filing RTIs with various government departments.
Extensive base line data of the Cuddalore coast to challenge this proposal.
Work focused on collecting data, strengthening relationships with the coastal communities
Suo motto case Cuddalore:
Comprehensive Cancer Screening:
Work on a comprehensive Cancer Screening process for the region.
Identify patients suffering from cancer
Provide them with better health care.
Plans to rope in Adayar Cancer Institute forguidance.
Raise awareness of health related issues in the region and set up a support network for serious diseases like cancer.
National Green Tribunal
- Established by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) in Nov 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010
- Effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources
- Includes enforcement of any legal right relating to environment and
giving relief and compensation for damages to persons and property and for matters connected
therewith or incidental thereto.
- a specialized body equipped with the necessary expertise to
handle environmental disputes involving multi-disciplinary issues.
proposed to be located - New Delhi (future – Bhopal, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai)