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336 tonnes of hazardous waste at Bhopal gas tragedy site: Govt

Around 336 tonnes of hazardous waste is lying in the premises of Union Carbide India Limited, site of the infamous 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, the government on Tuesday said.

Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave in a written reply in the Lok Sabha said that the government has neither sought any allocation of funds from the department of expenditure nor any allocation has been made for disposal of toxic waste.

"Approximately 336 tonnes of hazardous waste is lying in the premises of erstwhile UCIL, Bhopal," Dave said.

He said the central government has taken all measures for safe and speedy disposal of the toxic waste which includes assessment of the waste, evaluation of toxicity, safe packaging and storing of waste at the site, identification of appropriate technology for disposal, trial disposal of 10 tonnes of waste and formulation of procurement framework.

Dave in another written reply on March 20 had said that the government has decided to dispose of safely the hazardous waste from the UCIL.

He had said trial incineration of 10 tonnes of actual UCIL waste was carried out at common hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF) in Pithampur in Indore from August 13-18, 2015 under the supervision of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board and the Environment Ministry.

"Ambient air quality around incinerator was found to be within the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for monitored parameters namely, PM10, SOx, NOx, arsenic, lead and benzene," he had said.

Thirty-two years ago, a deadly gas leak at the Union Carbide plant killed over 3,000 people and maimed thousands of others in Bhopal.
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