Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Sandeep Sahu
The 3.1 million tonne per annum (MTPA) steel plant of Bhushan Steel Ltd could go the way of Bhushan Energy Limited’s (BSL) 300 MW thermal power plant in Dhenkanal district, which was recently sealed for violation of pollution norms, if there is a major violation.
The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has said it had inspected the steel plant last month and found several instances of non-compliance with norms.
“There are certain violations of pollution norms in the plant. We have asked the plant authorities to take corrective measures and meet the prescribed standards. If there is a major violation, we will obviously think of closing the plant,” said member secretary of the Board Lalit Kumar Tewari. He also said that the plant authorities have been asked to submit a detailed action plan on preventive measures being taken to check pollution.
According to sources, the consent to operate given by the SPCB to the steel plant located at Narendrapur in Dhenkanal is valid till September 30.
A senior official of the SPCB said the unit had been served notices seeking corrective measures a number of times in the past, but company officials had not paid heed to them. This prompted the Board to issue a direction on June 25 asking the company to comply with the norms in respect of air and water pollution, besides solid waste management.
The Board also asked the unit to submit an action taken report within the stipulated period of 15 days, but no reply was received from them, the official said. The Board then sent a team of experts, who inspected the plant and nearby areas July 16-17. They found that the unit was discharging huge volume of pollutants into the nearby drain in gross violation of the prescribed rules.
“Since there is violation of pollution norms, we have asked them to operate the plant at low capacity,” said sources.
The steel plant manufactures pig iron, billets, slabs and hot-rolled steel coil.