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Ten killed in Tamil Nadu waste plant incident

03 February 2015

Ten people were killed and two seriously injured early on January 31 after an explosion at a waste treatment plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, according to local police. The dead were all labourers working at the plant in Ranipet town, some 120 km from the state capital, Chennai.

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Officials said the workers were asleep in a room adjacent to a tank at the waste plant and were buried in sludge from tannery factories being processed there, said to include sodium chloride, lime, sodium sulphide, chromium sulphate, fat liquor, ammonia, sulphuric acid and dyes.

Environmentalists said the disaster could have been averted had there been regular monitoring of the plant by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), according to The Hindu. A Tamil Nadu Farmers Association spokesman said the incident highlighted the “negligence and absence of regular monitoring” by the TNPCB.

The Tamil Nadu Farmers Association staged a demonstration in Ranipet that evening demanding compensation for the families of the deceased workers and action against the officials deemed responsible for the incident because of negligence.

An official enquiry by Tamil Nadu authorities is under way into the causes of the incident.

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