Days after police firing that took the Tuticorin protests against the copper smelter plant of Sterlite industries, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has ordered for closure of production operations.
Sources said that the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has gone ahead and cut the power supply of the industrial facility.
The decision comes in the wake of Sterlite failing to comply with certain conditions imposed in the previous renewal of consent order issued to the unit.
This meant that their application for a fresh renewal this year was rejected.
This drastic step was taken by the TNPCB after its Joint Chief Environmental Engineer who inspected the unit found that it was carrying out activities to resume its production operation and recommended closure and disconnection of power and water supply to the unit.
It is said that the license was discontinued and not renewed to Sterlite for dumping of copper slag, lack of ground water analysis, inappropriate disposal of hazardous waste and failure to conduct studies on arsenic content in environment.
It need be recalled that on Tuesday itself, protesters who were part of a rally to mark the 100th day of the anti-sterlite protests were subjected to police brutality.>