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Another blow to Vedanta, HC shuts Tamil Nadu plant

In a second blow in a little over a month, the Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered the Vedanta Group’s Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd to shut down its R2,000-crore copper complex in Tuticorin, southern Tamil Nadu, for causing “unabated air and water pollution”. HT reports. Environment hazard

india Updated: Sep 29, 2010 01:42 IST

In a second blow in a little over a month, the Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered the Vedanta Group’s Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd to shut down its R2,000-crore copper complex in Tuticorin, southern Tamil Nadu, for causing “unabated air and water pollution”.

The Union environment ministry had on August 24 denied clearance to Vedanta Alumina’s bauxite mining project in Orissa’s Nyamgiri area.

The Tuticorin complex has a copper smelter, a refinery, a copper rod plant and phosphoric acid and sulphuric acid plants.

In 1996, when it was opened, MDMK leader Vaiko had opposed it on environmental grounds. He described the judgment as a “victory for justice”.

The high court division bench also asked the company — with a R13,676-crore turnover — to compensate its 2,000-strong workforce in accordance with the Industrial Disputes Act.

“The Tuticorin smelter has been operating for more than 12 years and in compliance with rules and regulations,” the company said in a statement. It argued that the process used at the plant was considered globally to be an environmentally-advanced technology.