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Investigation into sludge tank deaths begins

Work has started to clean-up an estimated 5,000 tons of waste sludge following an accident at the SIDCO industrial estate in Ranipet earlier this week. The National Green Tribunal has started an investigation into the accident, which claimed the lives of 10 tannery workers.


Ranipet sludge tank collapse kills 10 tannery workers

In the worst ever tannery related disaster in Tamil Nadu, 10 workers were drowned by toxic sludge in the early hours of January 31 at a tannery unit in the Small Industries Development Corporation (SIDCO) Industrial Estate in Ranipet.

The flood, caused by a breach in the concrete wall of the sludge storage tank of the adjacent Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), which drowned the workers who were asleep, unaware.


Tanneries to close during Hindu festival to avoid pollution

Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has directed the tannery owners in the city to cease production for 15 days in the wake of the 'Megh Mela' festival. It was mutually decided to shut the tanneries of the city till Mahashivratri in a meeting on January 2, so that the effluent from the tanneries do not pollute Ganga river and harm the devotees, T U Khan, Kanpur regional director of UPPCB has said. 


Old tanneries are not just polluters but also dangerous

I read Su Chaoying’s summary of what is happening in Wuji and Xinji with interest. Mr Su has made an excellent summary and identified the very positive approach being taken with regard to the pollution emanating from these poorly performing tanneries. Making them larger so that the investment/capacity ratio can be effective (it is worthwhile to invest in tanneries of a certain size), clarifying what will be done to prevent the discharge of untreated or poorly treated effluent with larger tanneries treating their own water or the reconstruction of the common effluent treatment plant.