pcb: PCB finds rule violations at waste landfill | Kochi News

Kochi: The Pollution Control Board (PCB) found a violation of rules established under the Environmental Protection Act at the Kalamassery waste dump, where a major fire broke out on Tuesday. The PCB will submit a report citing the violations to the State Level Monitoring Committee (SLMC) constituted by the National Green Court (NGT).
The chairman of the committee will in turn submit the report to the NGT which will hold a hearing on Monday. PCB officials, as well as the president of SLMC, had visited the landfill after the fire. PCB noticed that although several instructions had been given to the municipality following similar fires earlier, the local body did not provide any protection in the yard.
“Also, they have not provided closed sheds to store plastic waste, which results in leachate seeping into the nearby creek,” a PCB official said.
The instructions to the municipality were given after the fires on March 17, 2021 and March 30, 2020. It took firefighters from eight fire stations eight hours to control the smoke billowing from the pile of rubbish after the recent fire. . City officials have filed a complaint with the police as the cause of the fire is not known. “It can be noted that there is every chance of formation of flammable gases like methane due to the dumping of waste, and high temperature outside can also cause fire. There were specific guidelines to install CCTV cameras in the yard. But it was learned that the cameras were under repair during the fire,” the PCB official said.
Similar violations were seen at the Kochi Company’s solid waste treatment plant in Brahmapuram, where a fire broke out the same day. “The NGT is aware of the violations in Brahmapuram. Although the company has begun bioextraction of legacy waste, the rest of the issues, including leachate, sludge plant and solid waste, continue to persist. We will seek explanations from the two local bodies regarding the recurring fires,” the PCB official said.

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