High Cadmium Levels Found in 8 Soft Drink Plants
NEW DELHI: A Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) survey has revealed
that eight soft drink plants of the country, out of the 16 it surveyed,
contained cadmium concentration more than 50 mg/kg of sludge and in
the rest it was ranging from five to 50 mg/kg, the Rajya Sabha was
It was also observed that there was variation in the concentration
of other heavy metals, minister of state for environment and forests
Namo Narain Meena said.
In a written reply, he said that the CPCB had surveyed 16 plants in
the country for characterisation of sludge generated from the effluent
treatment plants of these units.
The state pullution control boards have also been asked to monitor
the sludge generated from effluent treatment plants to check the concentration
of various parameters exceeding the limits notified under schedule-2
of the Hazardous Waste (management and handling) Rules, 1989, as amended,
prior to the disposal of sludge, Mr Meena said.
To another question on the air and water pollution, he said the CPCB
in association with the state pollution control boards/ committees
(PCCS) and institutions is monitoring ambient air quality at 287 locations
covering 92 cities and water quality at 1,000 stations covering rivers,
lakes, and ground water.
The water quality monitoring results indicate that disposal of sewage
from cities and towns located on the bank of rivers and discharge
of industrial waste water into rivers are responsible for impairment
of water quality in certain stretches, he informed.
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