BSL power plants sealed by OSPCB
Two power plants, 150 MW each, of Bhusan Energy Limited were sealed by Odisha Pollution Control Board officers on Wednesday for violation of pollution norms. State Pollution Board’s regional branch at Angul had on Monday issued order for closure of two power plants of Bhusan Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Bhusan Steel Limited (BSL).
A joint team of pollution officials, administrative officials and police personnel visited the power plants to enforce the order on Wednesday. According to reports, the Bhusan Energy has been violating 15 conditions in operation of power plants for one and a half years. The Odisha Pollution Control Board had refused operation of the units on grounds of mismanagement of the system, but company has been running the units unauthorisedly, said pollution officer of the Board’s Angul regional branch S Sahoo.
He said the Kisinda Nullah has been polluted with fly ash of BSL as the management is yet to implement a proper ash management system. Waste water is not being treated properly and its ash conveying system has developed snags. “The plants will not be opened till BSL complies to all the pollution control norms,” the officer said.
Chief Operating Officer of Bhusan Steel Limited AK Verma admitted to increasing pollution by the company due to faulty ash management. He said there isn’t sufficient land for dumping of ash on the plant premises.