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10 Aug 2018 05:13am IST
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10 Aug 2018 05:13am IST

The premier body in the state established to maintain a strict vigil on the disposal of hazardous waste generated across the state has failed to do its job

PANJIM: The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has failed to keep a strict vigil on the disposal of hazardous waste generated by various units across the state.

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 has been more than a month and a half 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.

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. 

As per observation they 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 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.

It was also observed that these units were not maintaining manifest documents in Form 10 for movement of all the hazardous waste whereas it was also revealed that the units have not installed display board outside the factory gate displaying details of hazardous wastes.

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.

In addition it is important to ensure proper hazardous waste storage areas within the premises, display board outside the factory gate mentioning about hazardous waste. Assesses implementation of mechanism of rules and take necessary action and conducting workshops for hazardous waste generating units.

Meanwhile, as per sources within the board till date the pollution board has not conducted any inspection of the hazardous units and acted. One and half months have passed it has also failed to submit its compliance report to the central pollution control board. 


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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 has been more than a month and a half 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.


Goa has more than 1,409 hazardous units operating and generating nearly 24,796 metric tonnes of hazardous waste annually


“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 observed.


Meanwhile, as per sources within the board till date the pollution board has not conducted any inspection of the hazardous units and acted. One and half months have passed it has also failed to submit its compliance report to the central pollution control board
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