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Govt-constituted probe committee seeks info from public on LG polymers gas leak

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on May 25, 2020 Published on May 25, 2020

The LG Polymers Plant in Visakhapatnam   -  REUTERS

The High Powered Committee, constituted by the Andhra Pradesh government to look into various aspects of gas leak from the LG Polymers unit, has decided to accept inputs from people up to May 31.

All interested may send their inputs to the High Power Committee at the email address convenorhpc@gmail.com.

The Committee has also decided that information from the regulators, LG Polymers and other stakeholders will be gathered within the next 10 days and submit its report within 7 days thereafter.

The styrene gas leak from LG Polymers at RR Venkatapuram in Visakhapatnam district on May 7, 2020 caused extensive damage killing about 12 and leading to hospitalisation of hundreds of people living near the unit.

The Committee held discussions with the Director, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Visakhapatnam and Professor of Organic Chemistry (Retd.). This was followed by a detailed interaction, with the Director, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun and industry Styrene expert from Mumbai (who were specially deputed by National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India). All the immediate action points and understanding of the leak and implications were fully discussed in the meeting.

The Committee further elicited the views of the NDRF team, the NEERI team and the Health team in the relief operations and also held detailed deliberations with three environmental and scientific experts in the field from Vishakhapatnam.

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Published on May 25, 2020
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