[27], To neutralize the gas, around 500 kilograms (1,100 lb) of the antioxidant 4-tert-butylcatechol (PTBC) was airlifted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and sent to the crippled factory. Like Ms Latha, some of them had brought the bodies of their loved ones along - all victims of the gas leak.

Weekly quiz: Who wore a balaclava at MTV's Europe awards? The High Court had also sought information on how the toxic styrene monomer was allowed to be transported to South Korea despite the registration of a crime in connection with the May 7 leak, the appointment of a probe team and the requirement of a magisterial enquiry. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said the company “could not” file its response to the report after June 1 due to several unexpected reasons. No interlock system arrangement between the temperature monitoring and refrigeration systems.

manual sprinklers could not be accessed as it was a hazardous area.

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[32] However, experts have claimed that other chemicals may have also leaked, as styrene is unlikely to spread over 4 to 5 kilometres (2 1⁄2 to 3 mi) due to its chemical properties. The styrene gas leak resulted in impacts on the health of the people who lived in five villages near the plant and posed a risk to the flora and fauna as well, the government report said. [4] In 1978, it was merged with McDowell Holdings, a subsidiary of United Breweries Group. An important facet mentioned as a recommendation was that ‘environment’ be included in the Concurrent List of the Constitution of India, something that can empower states to enact laws according to their requirements. The High Court had even asked the Centre and the Andhra government to provide the net worth of LG Polymers Pvt.

In it, the company admitted that it had been operating without the required permit, but said it was doing so with consent issued by the state's pollution control board. Report dated May 28, 2020 of the Joint Monitoring Committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Original Application No. A Joint Monitoring Committee report highlighted many lacunae in the functioning of its Visakhapatnam plant prior to a gas leak on May 7 leaving 12 dead and several injured. The report also called for individual government departments, including medical and health, veterinary, horticulture, forest and environment, to be made responsible for the studies. In 2018, the company applied for an environmental clearance for the first time, to expand its manufacturing capacity of polystyrene, a plastic used to make bottles and lids. We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. Many people were seen lying unconscious on roads while some faced breathing difficulties.

"The company said the siren did go off and people may not have heard it in their panic. "As the siren had not been used for long, it did not work. In most cases, long-term impacts are not a very serious concern.

To ensure the site's safety, LG said the retarder and inhibitor would be added into the tanks of the styrene stored at LG Polymers to prevent further degradation and any future gas leaks. A day after styrene gas leaked killed 11 people in RR Venkatapuram area of Gopalapatnam in Visakhapatnam, latest reports said that gas fumes started leaking again from the tanker on Thursday. The aim was to streamline current processes, while empowering the state to regulate its own industries and manage its pollution problems autonomously, the report said.

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How were building approvals given for human habitation within 100 meters of the factory site? “Gas fumes leaking again from the tanker where there was Styrene leakage today. She was standing over her child's body, outside the gates of the LG Polymers plant. The report also says one of the tanks storing pentane, another toxic gas, also showed evidence of poor maintenance. BBC Telugu's Deepthi Bathini finds out what happened.

The detailed to-the-point suggestions and recommendations addressed concerns related to existing regulatory gaps in the monitoring and compliance of the environmental acts and regulations.

The company had needed a fresh permit when it decided to expand production to include a new line of products - and it filed an application with the federal government on 22 December 2017. As their eyes began to itch and burn, many fled their homes on foot, stopping only to rouse sleeping neighbours, asking them to leave immediately. On 12 April 2018, the company withdrew the application and filed a fresh one the same day, but this time it approached the state, and not federal, authority. The Visakhapatnam gas leak, also referred to as the Vizag gas leak, was an industrial accident that occurred at the LG Polymers chemical plant in the R. R. Venkatapuram village of the Gopalapatnam neighbourhood, located at the outskirts of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, during the early morning of 7 May 2020. The leak happened as the plant was being prepared to re-open for the first time since 24 March, when India went into lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. But it needs probing," said P Jaganatha Rao, member of the national environment tribunal, who was part of the team that did a preliminary inspection of the site. The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) took immediate remedial measures to sanitise 6,318 houses in the affected areas, including disinfection and sanitization in the main distribution main lines and reservoirs.

It also found that the plant was operating without the required environmental clearance.

The state’s animal husbandry department reported the death of 34 animals. Only temperature monitoring gauge was at the bottom of the tank.