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June 11, 2010

Production Problems at Himadri Plant Cause Local Unrest

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:44 am

Earlier this week, Himadri Chemicals’ Haripal plant in Hooghly District, India experienced a problem with a burner that led to unplanned emissions of soot into the plant’s surrounding area. The problem seemed to be in the coal tar distillation unit and not the carbon black unit. The emissions caused the local population to surround and temporarily shut down the plant, causing some Rs 50 lakh of damage to plant offices. The crowd’s reaction seemed to be greatly amplified by anger over the Bhopal verdict, which had come out the day before. On Wednesday, June 9, members of a seven member team from the state Pollution Control Board began a probe into the incident.

“The preliminary report indicates limited emission of carbon which does not seem very serious. However, we have ordered a detailed inquiry,” said M.L. Meena, the state environment secretary.

Stories on the incident are here:
Probe smells cheaper oil, firm disagrees the Telegraph
Soot from Tar Factory Blackens SingurIndian Express
Chemical plant admits ‘black ash’ emissionthe Telegraph
Bhopal panic seeps into Singur – I Love Kolkata

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  1. […] for Himadri Chemicals & Industries has provided the following statement regarding the incident that occurred at its Haripal plant in Hooghly District, India earlier this week. The statement is provided in its entirety. With reference to incorrect reports in media about our […]

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