Sterlite plant gets state pollution board nod

Sterlite plant gets state pollution board nod

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has said Sterlite Industries has met the necessary requirements at its Tuticorin copper smelter, a court document seen by Reuters on Monday showed.

Last October, the Supreme Court had asked two respondents to Sterlite’s petition -- the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute -- to file status reports within four-week.

“The analysis showed all the parameters are within permissible limits," the board’s document, which is scheduled for submission to the Supreme Court later on Monday, stated.

Last month, the Supreme Court had adjourned to the third week of January a hearing on an appeal filed by Sterlite Industries, a unit of Vedanta Resources, to keep its Tuticorin copper smelter, the world’s ninth-largest, running.

Sterlite is India’s largest copper cathodes maker and has faced a lengthy legal battle over environmental concerns with petitions -- the first of which were filed in 1996 -- that challenge its environmental clearances.