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Waste Syndicate

Toxic substances are being smuggled into India by recycling firms

Waste Syndicate
Waste Syndicate
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IN what threatens to be a major environmental scandal, large quantities of forbidden hazardous wastes are being smuggled into the country by recycling firms. Appallingly, most of these firms operate sans licence with scant regard for environmental safety proprieties.

 This rampant crime was highlighted recently when a Dehra Dun-based NGO moved the Supreme Court against the Union of India, citing the Bhopal-based Bharat Zinc Ltd and the Bombay-based Indian Lead Ltd for violating environmental norms viz. import, handling and processing of hazardous wastes.

 The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resources Policy filed the petition following disclosures by Greenpeace that levels of lead, cadmium and chromium—three confirmed toxins present as contaminants in zinc waste—in the factories were higher than permissible. Nor were the workers provided with safety devices such as gloves against exposure. Greenpeace also found workers suffering from brain and psychological disorders due to chronic and...

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