High Cadmium Levels Found in 8 Soft Drink Plants
Financial Express
March 11, 2006

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 informed today.

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.

FAIR USE NOTICE. This document contains copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. India Resource Center is making this article available in our efforts to advance the understanding of corporate accountability, human rights, labor rights, social and environmental justice issues. We believe that this constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law. If you wish to use this copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use,' you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.




Home | About | How to Use this Site | Sitemap | Privacy Policy

India Resource Center (IRC) is a project of Global Resistance -- "Building Global Links for Justice"
URL: http://www.IndiaResource.org Email:IndiaResource (AT) igc.org