Odisha Pollution Control Board serves show-cause notice to Vedanta for ash pond breach


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has served a show cause notice on Vedanta Limited for the ash pond breach in Jharsuguda where it has an aluminium smelter and thermal power plant.

The board has sought clarification over why consent for the two units shouldn’t be withdrawn and closure be directed.

The pollution board estimated that the ash pond breach that occurred on August 28 led to flowing of a mammoth 42, 24, 000 metric tonne of ash slurry into Bheden River and nearby paddy fields.

An inspection team of the board which visited Katikela area also reported that there is no space for an interim ash pond at Kurebaga though the plant has been discharging ash slurry into the pond immediately after the August 28 accident though it was warned against using it without prior permission.

The pollution board said the mishap has pointed out that there is complete failure in adherence to technicalities and specifications indicated by the experts of IIT and NIT in the ash pond system.

Expressing grave concern over the safety and environment since the facility virtually has no space left for disposal of fly ash generated after the mishap, the Board has sought to know why the consent to operate (CTO) shall not be revoked and closure be directed for the 10.5 lakh tonne aluminium smelter and 1,215 mega watt power plant of Vedanta.


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