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Need for study styrene effect on health: EAS Sarma


Former Union energy secretary EAS Sarma and HRF representatives on Thursday said there was a need for an assessment on the impact of styrene monomer vapor leak on health and environment in an area of over 7 km and fix the amount of liability.

They said the High Power Committee, which probed into the Styrene gas monomer leak at LG Polymers unit at RR Venkata Puram that left 15 died and several hundred were hospitalized on May 7 in 2020, recommended a comprehensive safety audit of industries in and around Visakhapatnam. No industrial audit was done though there were industrial mishaps such as Sanior Industries after the LG Polymers incident, they said.

Speaking to Hello Vizag, EAS Sarma said people who were affected by polymer gas were now vulnerable to corona and an immediate study by an independent body should be done on the health status of the affected people and environment in a radius of 7 to 8 km. The committee should also estimate liability and the amount should be collected from the company, he demanded and said that stringent action should be taken against AP Pollution Control Board and Factories Department for the major lapse in allowing the plant, which led to the major accident. Terming LG Polymers incident as a mini Bhopal gas tragedy he said foreign companies have no concern for public and social responsibility.

HRF representatives VS Krishna and K Sudha said the government did not learn any lessons from the accidents as only little has been done over the last year to instill confidence among the affected people. As the regulatory authorities failed to discharge their duties there is no guarantee that such a horror will not visit Vizag again, they said.

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