CHENNAI: The three-month soil remediation trials carried out by Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) in the now-defunct thermometer factory at Kodaikanal failed to achieve even the ‘liberal’ 20 mg/kg mercury clean-up standard. Environmentalists suspect that the trials may have liberated more mercury to the environment than was recovered. While the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and […]
‘Elevated levels of mercury in a few samples taken outside the now defunct thermometer factory of Hindustan Unilever (HUL) in Kodaikanal’. The latest study conducted by the National Environment Engineering Institute (NEERI) has shown elevated levels of mercury in a few samples taken outside the now defunct thermometer factory of Hindustan Unilever (HUL) in Kodaikanal, […]
A panel of experts should be constituted to assess the pollution level in water bodies due to the release of mercury wastes by Hindustan Unilever’s thermometer factory and a committee, comprising former employees, NGOs and revenue officials, to monitor clearing of wastes as per the international standard were the demands raised by MLAs, former employees […]
Demanding strong action against the Hindustan Unilever for the mercury contamination caused in Kodaikanal, the VCK, CPI (M) and MDMK on Monday wanted the State government to initiate a thorough study of the hill station to ascertain the extent of damage.
Chennai: The prolonged fight for justice in Kodaikanal, which is contaminated with mercury by Hindustan Unilever, finally seems to be yielding results with the political class waking up and recognising the gravity of situation.
‘Residential re-mediation standard not acceptable to site given its environment’ Members of the Local Area Environment Committee (LAEC) on Wednesday expressed their dissatisfaction over mercury re-mediation standards proposed by the Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) to clean up its thermometer factory site in Kodaikanal during a meeting called for by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board […]
CHENNAI: Could the move by Hindustan Unilever to bring down mercury level in the factory site to 20mg/kg pose no threat to to the ecologically sensitive watershed in Kodaikanal? The Local Area environment Committee says ‘No’ by rejecting the proposal mooted by Hindustan Unilever during a closed door meeting called up by Tamil Nadu Pollution […]
Sofia Ashraf talks about her song Kodaikanal Won’t, the issue of mercury contamination in Kodaikanal and people’s suffering to Tamil News Channel, News 7
The Hindu – Aug 23, 2015 Disagreeing with the proposed clean up criteria Hindustan Unilever (HUL) wanted to adhere to for the remediation of its mercury-contaminated factory site in the hill station, the Chairman of the Kodaikanal Municipality has asked the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to set aside a Detailed Project Report (DPR) […]
A comprehensive feature by The Caravan documenting the sombre story of a mercury thermometer factory in Kodaikanal that raised hopes of jobs and dreams of the future, but has left behind misery in its wake. It also responds effectively to Unilever CEO’s comment on the need for facts and not false emotions. Read on Vantage […]
Exposure from HUL’s closed thermometer unit in Kodaikanal For E. Ramesh, it started off with headache, memory loss, skin and tooth infections. Exposure to deadly mercury for over four years has left him impotent, he says. “My wife had to undergo abortion eight times. There is constant pain in my left foot as the skin […]
CHENNAI: Ex-workers affected due to mercury pollution by the Hindustan Unilever’s now-defunct thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, on Monday staged a protest at the company’s headquarters in Andheri, Mumbai, when the Annual General Meeting with shareholders was held. Supported by 30 volunteers from Mumbai, 11 families from Kodaikanal took part in the protest, holding placards and […]
The country’s largest fast-moving consumer goods company Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is eyeing newer product categories as it looks to reach a wider section of people as part of its new strategy aimed at “serving many Indias”. “We believe that serving many Indias essentially requires having a portfolio of brands that reaches a wider section, […]
At least 45 workers and more than a dozen of their children have died so far. Villagers and former workers of the Hindustan Unilever Limited’s mercury thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, Monday staged a peaceful demonstration outside the company headquarters in Andheri against the alleged mercury pollution caused by the factory. “Dear shareholders, we […]
CHENNAI:Workers affected by the harmful effects of chemicals used in industries which also pollute the environment should be covered under a new policy which works towards their rehabilitation. This was a key appeal made by a group of activists led by 55-year-old S A Mahendra Babu, who worked at the now defunct Hindustan Unilever’s thermometer […]