A consulting agency has been hired to conduct the exercise after the much needed exercise was not conducted by the concerned departments
PANJIM: After much delay, the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), Industrial Waste Management Association (IWMA), Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) and Hazardous Waste Landfill Operator have jointly appointed a consulting agency ‘Paradigm Environmental Strategies Pvt Ltd’ to conduct an inventory of hazardous waste generation by carrying out site inspections of hazardous waste generating units across the state.
The decision was taken at the joint meeting held on August 29 in which it was decided that the inspection would be carried out jointly by all four agencies and GSPCB engineers namely Praveen Faldesai, Ashley Pereira and GWMC engineer Bento Thomas.
Goa has more than 1,409 hazardous units operating and generating nearly 24,796 metric tonnes of hazardous waste annually. Along with other states, in February and April 2018 the central pollution control board and GSPCB had jointly inspected some of the hazardous units in Goa.
After a joint inspection by Central Pollution Control Board and GSPCB, it had instructed the State board to inspect all units and submit action taken report within 30 days. However, it had been more than a two months and the GSPCB has failed to inspect any of the units which produce hazardous waste and till date has not submitted any compliance report to the central pollution control board.
As per observation they had found the entire hazardous waste generated was not found to be stored within the premises and that the waste was disposed indiscriminately or given to unauthorised persons.
“Hazardous waste was not properly labelled, packaged and stored in isolated hazardous waste storage areas. None of the units have stored incinerable hazardous wastes in storage area having automatic water sprinkling arrangements, fire alarming systems, and flame arresters, smoke/heat detectors, fire extinguishers,” CPCB had observed.
Further they also observed that majority of the inspected hazardous waste generating units were not maintaining daily records for maintaining generation storage and others of hazardous waste.
Upon observation, Central Pollution control board had issued directions to GSPCB asking them to close all defaulting units by verifying hazardous waste storage while also clearly stating if the board is unable to carry out inspection then they are advised to engage any agencies to do the same.
CPCB also said the closed defaulting units shall not be allowed to operate unless GSPCB levies and collects financial penalty for various violations of hazardous and other wastes that is enforcement of maintaining daily records and manifest documents, timely and regularly submission of annual reports of hazardous waste generating units.