NGT slaps penalty of Rs 1 cr on Grasim Industries

The National Green Tribunal has imposed an interim penalty of Rs 1 crore on Grasim Industries Limited for storing huge stock of the mercury, obtained as a by-product, in its premises in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the company to shift the hazardous waste in accordance with the Hazardous Waste Management Rules, 2016.

It also formed a joint committee comprising representative of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Central Pollution Control Board and IIT, Kanpur within a month.

"Pending such assessment, the applicant (Grasim) may deposit a sum of Rs 1 crore towards the interim compensation with the CPCB to be spend for the restoration of the environment. CPCB will be the nodal agency for the purpose," the bench said.

The tribunal passed the order after perusing a report from a panel formed by it which said that a huge stock of the mercury bearing brine sludge/waste which was obtained as a by-product during the course of manufacturing prior to 2012, has been stored in the premises of the company.

The panel also suggested suggested a penalty of Rs 1 crore as environment compensation.

The NGT said that it is clear that activity of discharge of mercury in the environment by the industry has been found and storage of hazardous waste is illegally continuing for which it is liable to be dealt with as per law.