The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on Wednesday revoked the closure notice issued on Sanjivani sugar factory the only sugar-producing agro-based cooperative in the state after it complied with its direction on installation of Online Continuous Effluent and Emission Monitoring System (OCEMS).
The sugar mill will now have to obtain consent to operate under the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Air Prevention & Control of Pollution Act with authorisation under the hazardous and other waste (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 from Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) without which they cannot operate.
The apex monitoring authority also asked the factory to ensure that installed OCEMS functions properly and it continuously sends data to CPCB.
The revocation order further says that the unit has responded to its closure direction via email on December 10 and informed to have complied with the direction regarding installation and commissioning of OCEMS and the same was verified by IT division of CPCB.
The compliance report supported with documents submitted by the Sanjivani sugar factory was examined by the three member committee of CPCB and MoEF&CC and recommended that the unit may be allowed to resume its operation with certain conditions.
The CPCB had directed to close down the sugar mill on August 22, 2016 and not to resume operations till installation of Online Continuous Effluent and Emission Monitoring System (OCEMS) along with connectivity for submission of online 24×7 monitoring data to the Goa State Pollution Control Boards (GSPCB) and CPCB.
“The unit has not stopped its manufacturing operations immediately after closure direction issued on August 22, 2016 and remained in operation during the crushing season of 2016-17 and 2017-18. This is in violation of CPCB direction issued under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, for which appropriate legal action shall be taken,” the central board’s chairperson, S P Singh Parihar, wrote on December 12 to Sanjivani sugar factory.
Following closure directions from the CPCB, the factory management repeatedly asked the central body which was also supported by state pollution control board to give a relaxation of upto six months to install online effluent and emission monitoring system.