Environment Ministry Team Probing CO Gas Leak at SAIL RSP
Express News Service reported that six months after four contract workers were killed in a gas leak incident at Steel Authority of India Limited’s Rourkela Steel Plant, a five expert committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, led by Kolkata based Central Pollution Control Board Regional Director of Mr MK Biswas visited Rourkela Steel Plant to probe the mishap and inspected various facilities at the plant. RSP sources informed that the team is mandated to review different systems including safety mechanism, fire and gas control mechanism and environmental management aspects. Accordingly, it will submit a report to the MoEF regarding further scope for improvement.
On January 6 this year, four contractual workers were engaged in maintenance job at Site A of the Coal Chemical department when the CO gas trapped in the pipeline rushed out while they were opening the flange bolts, leading to their asphyxiation.
The National Green Tribunal Delhi had taken sou moto cognisance of the incident and sought a report from the RSP. In its hearing on February 11, the NGT had instructed the MoEF to form an expert committee to find out lapses, if any, leading to the mishap and suggest corrective measures.