NGT Forms Committee to Probe SAIL RSP Gas Leak Matter
ANI reported that India’s National Green Tribunal has directed the constitution of an expert committee comprising the Ministry of Environment, Central
ANI reported that India’s National Green Tribunal has directed the constitution of an expert committee comprising the Ministry of Environment, Central Pollution Control Board and the Odisha Pollution Control Board to look into the matter of suspected toxic gas leak in Rourkela Steel Plant on January 6. The bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel in an order said that the committee may co-opt two other industrial safety experts. NGT stated "CPCB will be the nodal agency for coordination and compliance. The CPCB may take into account earlier expert committee reports on the subject of industrial safety, including reports in recent accidents mentioned earlier, to the extent relevant, and suggest measures to be adopted for avoiding such accidents in the future.”
The NGT order said the committee may consider the failures leading to the incident, if any, after visiting the site and considering the viewpoint of all stakeholders, particularly compliance with the requirement of onsite and offsite emergency plans and conducting mock drills.
Proceedings in the matter have been initiated on the basis of a media report that said, "Four workers dead due to toxic gas leak in Rourkela Steel Plant", to the effect that there was leakage of toxic gas at the Coal Chemicals Department of the Rourkela Steel Plant on the morning of January 6.
Earlier, NGT had sought a response from the authorities of Rourkela Steel Plant, asking them to submit a report over the leakage of gas.