Herald: Activist asks GSPCB to enforce 6-metre coal stack height at Adani berth

Activist asks GSPCB to enforce 6-metre coal stack height at Adani berth

05 Feb 2018 05:54am IST
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05 Feb 2018 05:54am IST

VASCO: Vasco-based activist Advocate Savio J F Correia has recently petitioned the GSPCB by pointing out omissions by the board while enforcing six metres coal stack height at the Adani Berth at Mormugao Port Trust.

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VASCO: Vasco-based activist Advocate Savio J F Correia has recently petitioned the GSPCB by pointing out omissions by the board while enforcing six metres coal stack height at the Adani Berth at Mormugao Port Trust.

In his petition to Chairman GSPCB, Correia said that the pollution board failed to enforce a critical condition imposed in the environmental clearance granted to Adani MPTL's coal terminal at Berth 7 of Mormugao Port relating to mitigation of fire hazard risks i.e. restriction of coal stack height to 6 metres, and continuous compaction of the stack to avoid spontaneous combustion of coal.

He also pointed out that the final EIA study report for 'Development of Coal Terminal at Berth No 7' prepared by M/s WAPCOS for Mormugao Port Trust in December 2008 had recommended that height of coal stack must be limited to 6 metres to prevent autogenous combustion of coal, as well as continuous compaction of the stacks to ensure avoidance of air passage by chimney draft effect that could induce combustion of coal. 

He claimed that these measures were recommended under Environment Management Plan in the final EIA report.

“The environmental clearance (EC) issued for the project on December 30, 2013 stipulated a specific condition that recommendations made in the environmental management plan were to be strictly followed but on the ground the same is not followed and that forced me to petition GSPCB,” Correia said.

“Now Adani Mormugao Port Terminal Pvt Ltd's consent to operate expired on January 31, 2018, and its application for renewal is under consideration of GSPCB. I therefore demand that consent to operate renewal must contain a specific condition that height of coal stacks is restricted to 6 metres and continuous compaction of the stacks is done to avoid air passage due to chimney draft effect.” 


He said, “The root of the fire hazard recommendations mentioned in the ‘Terms of Reference’ (TOR) framed by EAC in March 2008, had recommended shifting of the POL Berth in view of fire hazard from the proposed coal berth. However, the company has been dangerously stacking coal at 15-metre height since the commencement of operations mid-2014 in gross violation of the EC, thereby causing a fire hazard and endangering life and property. Also Adani officials knowingly and with malafide intentions suppressed these critical specific conditions imposed in the EC for sake of commercial considerations. Also Zuari Industries Ltd's liquid ammonia tank is located just 30 metres from the Adani coal stack, and densely populated localities of Jetty and Bogda are just 100 metres away. The coal stack is very close to the POL Berth No 8 as well. A spontaneous combustion or explosion of coal in the stackyard could lead to a catastrophic disaster involving loss of human life, damaging economic effects and detrimental environmental consequences”.

 “Also GSPCB Chairman should inquire into how these critical recommendations made in the final EIA report escaped attention of the Board and if any officials are involved in any deliberate omission or foul play then the concerned officials must be held accountable,” Correia demanded.

 

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