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 […]
Activists demand clean up of mercury. Chairman denies people were affected. Activists want long term medical monitoring.
Chennai: Victims of the Union Carbide leak from Bhopal have urged the State government to get Hindustan Unilever to clean up the mercury contamination within and outside its thermometer factory in Kodaikanal and rehabilitate affected workers and people. After meeting Environment Minister B.V. Ramanaa, Bhopal survivors’ leader Balkrishna Namdeo, at a press conference here on […]
Based on UN study on disposal of biomedical waste CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has launched a project to phase out use of mercury in private healthcare organisations. The project is based on a study done by the United Nations Development Programme on disposal of biomedical waste in developing countries. A dozen […]
Move provokes outcry from residents of Kodaikanal. “More than 100 kg of mercury will still be left in the soil” “This is a test case that will set precedents for safe levels of mercury” CHENNAI: Clean-up standards for toxic mercury leaked by Hindustan Unilever into the soil on its factory premises in Kodaikanal have been […]
Kodaikanal, Berijam and Kookal lakes affected, say environmentalists KODAIKANAL: The State Government must take a policy decision not to grant permission to start any industry that pollutes air, water and land on the hill stations. This appeal was made by environmentalists, social activists and representatives of various non-governmental organisations at a consultation meeting held here […]
CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has formed an experts’ committee to assess the health condition of former workers of Hindustan Lever’s Clinical Thermometer Factory at Kodaikanal allegedly exposed to toxic mercury. The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice K. Chandru, said the five-member committee would report to the court as to whether […]