SC adjourns Sterlite smelter case to Jan

SC adjourns Sterlite smelter case to Jan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned to the third week of January a hearing on an appeal filed by Sterlite Industries, a unit of Vedanta Resources, to keep its copper smelter running.

In October, the Supreme Court said Sterlite could keep its copper smelter running until further ruling, extending its 1 October stay on an order of the Madras high court to close the Tuticorin smelter, the world’s ninth-largest.

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

Sterlite says the southern Indian plant has abided by all environmental requirements and has obtained all the approvals needed from India authorities.

Sterlite produced 334,174 tonnes of cathodes in the last fiscal year that ended in March 2010, mostly for the domestic market where a rapidly growing economy uses copper in power cables and infrastructure.