India: Polluting Copper Smelter Ignites Toxic Debate

April 12, 2013

Residents near India's largest copper smelter in Tamil Nadu are complaining of breathing problems and burning throat pain following a release of gas on March 23rd, 2013. Tamil Nadu's Pollution Control Board closed Sterlite Industries, a unit of London-based Vedanta Resources, but Sterlite filed an appeal. The National Green Tribunal has since ordered that the polluting facility remain closed except for a temporary restart of operations for the purpose of inspecting the plant. The smelter had shown sulphur dioxide levels more than double the permitted concentration.

Mark Chernaik, ELAW Staff Scientist, worked closely with partners to analyze emissions data. His work is mentioned in the following reports from Reuters and the Times of India.

Reuters: Sterlite Industries' copper smelter ignites toxic debate

Times of India: Green panel posts hearing on Friday on Sterlite's petition