NGT holds LG Polymers India liable for the loss of life-THE HINDU-04-06-2020
It said the Rs50 crore in compensation, deposited by the company, would be spent on restoration. It also constituted a committee to prepare a restoration plan. Referring to an inspection report furnished by a NGT-appointed committee, a Bench, headed by Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said, “The committee has opined that the company did not take proper care of the storage tank resulting in auto polymerization of styrene releasing excess heat which escaped from the goose-neck and dip hatch in the form of vapour. It also noted the committee’s submissions pertaining to the unit operating without requisite environmental clearances.
The Bench said, “Overwhelming material establish liability” of the company. “The company has operated without EC and the State PCB, on account of its ignorance of law or otherwise, gave Consent to Establish and Consent to Operate’ in violation of law.
The NGT directed a committee of representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change , the Central Pollution Control Board and State government officials to prepare a restoration plan within two months.