News By/Courtesy: Priyanka Patnaik | 22 May 2020 10:40am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • How it all begin?
  • The government had taken the following measures to curb the spread
  • The Nationa Green Tribunal, New Delhi passed an order after taking cognizance in the following matter

How it all begin? 
On 7th May 2020, the residents of Venkateshwara village, Vishkahptam, Andhra Pradesh had to go through a traumatic experience due to an industrial accident that occurred at the chemical plant of LG polymers which is owned by South Korea based LG Chemical and is in the business of manufacturing polystyrene and its copolymers.
Due to the global pandemic, the chemical plant was closed for a long period. The plant had 200 metric tons of styrene gas in its tanks and it had to be stored within certain temperatures. During the lockdown, the plant was not used.
It opened on 7th may 2020 to restart the operation when the workers noticed that the plant’s cooling system was not working. Due to this the styrene gas leaked and spread to the following areas R. R. Venkatapuram, Padmapuram, BC Colony, Gopalapatnam, and Kamparapalem. Many people died. Many were severally injured and had irritation in eyes, breathlessness, nausea, and rashes.
The government had taken the following measures to curb the spread
  • The police evacuated the people who resided in those particular areas.
  • The police have filed the FIR against LG Polymers under the following provisions under
  • Section 278 (for making the atmosphere noxious to health),
  • Section 284 (for negligent conduct concerning poisonous substance),
  • Section 285 (for negligent conduct concerning fire or combustible matter),
  • Section 337 (for causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others),
  • Section 338 (for causing grievous hurt by act endangering life), and
  • Section 304 (for causing death by doing any rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide).
  • The Ap government had set up a high power committee to look into the matter.
  • The AP government has announced 1 crore as compensation for the family, who lost a family member,10 lakhs to those who are on a ventilator,1 lakh to those who went to the hospital for first aid on 7th May 2020. 
The Nationa Green Tribunal, New Delhi passed an order after taking cognizance in the following matter
  • NGT held that styrene gas is a hazardous chemical as defined under Manufacture, Storage, and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules, 1989.
  • The LG polymers are liable for leakage and also affecting the public health and environment.
  • They are liable to pay the damages caused to the environment and the property.
  • LG polymers to deposit 50 crores with district magistrate of Vishakhapatnam to pay the damages caused due to tot he accident.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 22 May 2020 20:06pm IST


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