Followed by the criticism over the negligence of LG Polymers and allegation over LG lobbying with AP pollution board, National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday issued notices which came to a jolt to Union Environment Ministry, and Central Pollution Board(CPCB). In a recent revelation, NGT directed LG Polymers to deposit Rs 50 crore with the Visakhapatnam administration for inflicting damage to life, public health and environment.
Taking note of damages caused due to the incident, the tribunal directed LG Polymers, India, to deposit the initial amount while the next hearing is on May 18th. A five-membered committee headed by NGT Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel will look into the incident which claimed the 11 lives so far.
Stating that the Styrene gas released from the plant is a hazardous chemical as defined under Rule 2(e) read with Entry 583 of Schedule I to the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules, 1989, the tribunal took suo moto cognizance of the matter.
The designated team will submit a report on the sequence of events, causes of failure and authorities responsible, the extent of damage to life, human and non-human, public health and environment after a detailed study.