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Incineration system soon at Gummidipoondi

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The Hindu 27.08.2009

Incineration system soon at Gummidipoondi

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It will be introduced at the secured landfill site

— Photo: V. Ganesan

TACKLING HAZARDOUS WASTE: T.P.M. Mohideen Khan, Minister for Environment, with Debendranath Sarangi, Principal Secretary, Environment and Forests, at a workshop in Chennai on Wednesday.

CHENNAI: Incineration system will be introduced soon at the secured landfill site at Gummidipoondi, said R. Balakrishnan, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), here on Wednesday.

Addressing a workshop on ‘Co-processing of hazardous wastes in cement kilns,’ organised by the TNPCB, Mr. Balakrishnan said the Rs.10-crore incineration facility would be ready in a month.

The secured landfill on a 20-acre plot was the first of its kind to treat, store and dispose of hazardous waste collected from various industries.

The facility inaugurated in January last year could handle up to one lakh tonnes of hazardous waste a year.

It was created mainly to avoid handling of hazardous waste by individuals and serve as a common facility to help industry.

Debendranath Sarangi, Principal Secretary, Environment and Forests, Government of Tamil Nadu, said the Centre was taking steps to strengthen Central and State pollution control boards by givin them more powers. Efforts were on to create regional environmental protection authorities.

T.P.M. Mohideen Khan, Minister for Environment, said the TNPCB had identified 2,655 industries generating hazardous waste to the tune of 3.14 lakh tonnes a year. Instead of dumping hazardous waste on the ground, the TNPCB was taking steps to identify ways to use them as fuel in the cement industry.

The Minister expressed concern over the increased generation of plastic waste. One of the cement manufacturers had agreed to use plastic waste as fuel. Such an effort by the cement industry would help in checking environmental pollution as well reduce fuel cost for industry.

Rajesh Lakhoni, Chennai Corporation Commissioner, and H.C. Sharatchandra, Chairman, Karnataka Pollution Control Board, participated.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2009 04:37

Traders’ help sought to keep Marina clean

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The New Indian Express 28.07.2009

Traders’ help sought to keep Marina clean

CHENNAI: Corporation Mayor M Subramanian on Monday sought the traders’ help who operate in Marina Beach for the successful implementation of ban on plastics scheduled to begin from August 15.

Speaking to a group of more than 1,000 traders at Marina Beach, the Mayor said, “Since the beach is one of the important recreational spots for Chennaiites as well as for tourists who visit the city, keeping it clean and plastic-free has become a necessity.” Explaining the move of banning the use of plastics at the beach by the civic body to the traders, the Mayor said, “As per the decision, ban would be imposed on food items like eatables, tea, coffee and others given in plastic cups and packed in plastic materials sold on the Marina Beach."


Minister inaugurates TNPCB building

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The Hindu 14.07.2009

Minister inaugurates TNPCB building

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— Photo: A.Muralitharan

Inauguration: Environment Minister T.P.M.Mohideen Khan and Labour Minister T.M.Anbarasan with TNPCB officials at the opening of the Board’s premises in Maraimalai Nagar on Monday.

TAMBARAM: Minister for Environment T.P.M. Mohideen Khan on Monday inaugurated the building of the office of Kancheepuram District Environment Engineers of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board in Maraimalai Nagar.

This is the ninth office of TNPCB in the State to function from its own building after district offices in Ambattur, Hosur, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Tiruchi, Madurai, Vellore and Chennai.

Mr. Mohideen Khan said the building was constructed at a cost of Rs.1.25 crore over a piece of land measuring 24,009 square feet.

The Minister said the State government was planning to construct new buildings for the rest of the districts in a phased manner.

Labour Minister T.M. Anbarasan, TNPCB Chairman R. Balakrishnan and Member Secretary R. Ramamurthy and Chairperson of Maraimalai Nagar Municipality, Sasikala Arumugham, were among others present.

The office of the Kancheepuram District Environment Engineer of the Board was earlier functioning from rented premises in Tambaram.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2009 07:04

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