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PUCL, March 2006


Environment audit report 2004 - 2005

Submitted to Supreme Court monitoring Committee by Local Area Environment Committee, Kochi

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April 2006
-- News report from The Hindu: [ 'Study terms Eloor, Edayar region `toxic hot spot' ]

-- Full report

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Witnessing the alarming situation created by generation of hazardous waste, its dumping and serious irreversible damage as a result thereof to the environment, flora and fauna, health of animals and human beings, the Research Foundation for Science and Technology approached the Hon’ble Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India complaining violation of fundamental rights under Articles 14 and 21. Considering the magnitude of the problem and the volume of hazardous wastes generated, the Hon’ble Supreme Court issued notices to all the State Governments, Central Pollution Control Board and the State Pollution Control Boards to identify the problems caused by the hazardous wastes and allied matters including aspects relevant to minimize its generation with a view to protect the environment.

In view of the magnitude of the problem and its impact, the State Governments were directed to show cause why an order be not made directing closure of units generating hazardous wastes where provision is not made for requisite safe disposal. It was further ordered to show cause as to why immediate order is not made for closure of all unauthorized hazardous wastes handling units.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its Order dated 4th August 1997 observed that the State Governments have not taken steps required under the applicable law and have failed to place before the Court all material facts in spite of considerable time being given to them. It is in this background, the Hon’ble Supreme Court found appropriate to constitute a committee to arrest the growth of the problem caused by Hazardous wastes and oversee the improvement in the quality of environment. The Hon’ble Supreme Court constituted a High Power Committee (HPC) under the Chairmanship of Prof. MGK Menon to examine all matters in depth relating to hazardous waste. The committee filed its report on 20th April 1998, on consideration whereof; the Hon’ble Supreme Court on 10/10/1999 issued certain directions. The Hon’ble Supreme Court appointed a Monitoring Committee to ensure that the generation of hazardous wastes is brought to minimum and it is properly handled in every state .The committee has been entrusted with the duty to oversee the compliance of law, rules and regulations and directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

The committee constituted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court consists of the following members: 1. Dr. G. Thayagrajan, Senior Secretary Chairman COSTED, Chennai 2. Mr. V. Rajagopalan, Chairman,CPCB Member 3. Director, NEERI, Nagpur Member 4. Director, NML Member 5. Director, IIP, Dehradun Member 6. Director, NCL, Pune Member 7. Dr. Claude Alvares, NGO Member 8. Dr. D.B. Boratkar Member 9. Dr. N.H. Hosabettu Director, HSM Div., MOEF Member-Secretary 10. Director, IICT Co-opted Member


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