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Discharge Rules Violated

Tata Chemicals Ordered to Shut Down Fertilizer Plant

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Haldia produces 250,000 tonnes of DAP and 500,000 tonnes of NPK annually.
Haldia produces 250,000 tonnes of DAP and 500,000 tonnes of NPK annually. (Source: Tata Chemicals)

The newspaper Times of India reports that Tata Chemicals has received a shutdown notice by India's Central Pollution Control Board on March 11, to shut down its fertilizer plant in Haldia for violating liquid waste discharge rules.

Mumbai/India — The directive follows an analysis of effluent samples which showed a non-compliance in discharge norms, the newspaper reports. The Haldia plant has been shut since last month for annual repair and maintenance work. Reopening was expected on April 16.

Times of India quotes the company as saying that "it has written to the Cpcb to rescind the order after an independent lab confirm that its samples comply with prescribed norms."

Built in 1979 by Hindustan Unilever, Haldia's original function was to manufacture sodium tripolyphosphate for detergent plants across the country. Over the years, new facilities, including two di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) plants and one single superphosphate (SSP) plant, were added. Tata Chemicals acquired the business in 2004. According to Tata Chemicals, Haldia currently produces 250,000 tonnes of DAP and 500,000 tonnes of NPK annually.

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