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  project name ~ Community Environment Monitoring- 2009

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  Project Name

 

Community Environment Monitoring- 2009

  NGO

 

The Other Media

  Category

 

Environment

  District

 

Cuddalore

  State

 

Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved

 

Rs 375000

 

  Year Approved

 

2009

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

  Chapter Coordinators

 

Bhargavi Srivatsan
Somu Kumar
Jayanthi Natarajan

 

Bay Area
Portland
College Park
Columbus

 

  Caption

 

 

 

  Summary

 

 

This project aims to bring people from pollution affected communities come together as an organized voice against pollution. It enables those communities to monitor, document and communicate pollution and its impacts on health and the environment in a language that regulators and industry can not ignore.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

Over the years, this project has witnessed several successes. The SIPCOT industrial estate in Cuddalore is the only industrial site to have comprehensive and accurate record of every pollution-related incident. Through regular pollution patrols and by reporting instances of pollution, the SIPCOT monitors have acted as the watchdog of industries. CEM monitors have conducted joint patrols with members of the TNPCB which included patrols with the District Environmental Engineer and Assistant Environment Engineer. In several instances, TNPCB has taken actions against errant companies based on the reports of the CEM monitors. CEM has published various reports on the status of environmental pollution and this has put pressure on the government to initiate its own study on this issue. For instance, the TNPCB commissioned NEERI to undertake a study of the status of pollution in Cuddalore. NEERI study confirmed decades old complaints by the local community of the pollution problem. NEERI study specifically said that people living in the SIPCOT region are 2000 times more likely than the average population to be affected by cancer. Also number of conditions have been added to the consent to operate and consent to establish licences given out to industries based on CEMís work. The new conditions include regular VOC monitoring by the units, an epidemiological health study of the communities around the units, and comprehensive study of groundwater in SIPCOT. Another significant milestone for CEM is that it has been invited by the district administration to train senior local officials and senior police officials o environmental laws and areas they can make interventions to strengthen local monitoring.

 

  Goals

 

 

* To research, test and deploy simple and inexpensive tools in communities to allow them to monitor their own environment. * To equip community members with skills on documentation of pollution and air and water sampling. * To equip community members to publish and use the results of the analyses to strengthen the campaign against pollution.

 
 

  


 
 
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