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Major Fire at Ankleshwar Waste Facility

Destined to Receive Bhopal Wastes

What: Press conference on findings of a delegation that

enquired into a major fire incident at Bharuch Enviro Infrastructure Ltd’s (BEIL) toxic waste storage, disposal facility in Ankleshwar, Gujarat. BEIL was to receive toxic wastes from Bhopal despite intense opposition by Bhopalis and Ankleshwar residents on grounds that the facility was not safe, and technologically sound.

When: 12 noon, 8 April, 2007

Where: Bhopal dharna sthal. Jantar Mantar

Who: Rohit Prajapati, a Gujarat-based activist with Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, who was part of a fact-finding delegation to Ankleshwar, Gujarat

Background:

On 3 April, a massive fire consumed about 120 tons of toxic wastes stored behind the incinerator in Bharuch Enviro Infrastructure Ltd’s waste treatment, storage and disposal facility in Ankleshwar, Gujarat, leading to intense distress due to pollution in three surrounding villages. The fire has exposed that 23 years after the Bhopal disaster, no lessons have been learnt regarding siting of hazardous facilities, sharing of relevant information with communities, and responding to disasters. As per a Madhya Pradesh High Court order, this facility was to have received Union Carbide’s toxic wastes from Bhopal for incineration. However, giving in to safety concerns and concerns regarding the facility’s ability to burn wastes safely, the Gujarat Government refused permission for the Bhopal wastes to be received here. Bhopal survivors and Gujarat-based Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti.

For more information, contact:

Nityanand Jayaraman: 9717516003 or 09444082401

International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal. B5/136, FF, Safdarjung Encl., New Delhi 110 039. www.bhopal.net

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