Sterlite row: Madras High Court asks Tamil Nadu pollution board to study impact of effluents from smelter on Uppar river
A petition alleged that effluents from the Sterlite copper smelter in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, polluted the rivers and water bodies in the region.
Sterlite row: Tamil Nadu govt moves Supreme Court challenging NGT order to reopen Thoothukudi copper smelter
The Tamil Nadu government had sought permanent closure of Vedanta's Sterlite copper plant in May 2018. The state pollution control board had said the smelter, which was shut pending renewal of its operating license, had been preparing to resume production without permission.
The plant met 80-90 percent of demand for sulphuric acid in the country and 15 percent of the phosphoric acid demand.
The Tamil Nadu government ordered the permanent closure of the Vedanta's copper plant and disconnected its power supply in May following protests that turned violent and culminated in the police opening fire on protesters, killing 13 of them.
Sterlite protests: Vedanta chairman Anil Agarwal says his Tamil Nadu firm is open to scrutiny by any independent committee
Vendanta Resources boss Anil Agarwal says there's absolutely no liquid discharge from Sterlite Copper's Thoothukudi smelter.
India's cable makers face a severe shortage of copper and potential manufacturing delays after the closure of the country's two biggest copper smelters.
Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board today ordered closure of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper smelter unit here in the wake of alleged noxious gas leak from it.