State level environment
STATE LEVEL ENVIRONMENT
IMPACT ASSESSMENT AUTHORITY,
Lr.No.SEIAA/TN/EC/5(f)/006 /F-197/2009 Dated: 11 .09.2009
To The General Manager,
M/s. Aurobindo Pharma Limited,
B2, SIPCOT Industrial Complex,
Cuddalore 607 005.
Sub: SEIAA, Tamilnadu - M/s. Aurobindo Pharma Limited, Plot No. B2,
SIPCOT Industrial Complex, S.F.No. 128, 166,168, Kudikadu Village, Cuddalore Taluk, Cuddalore - Manufacturing of Bulk Drugs – change of products - Environmental Clearance - Regarding.
This has reference to your application No. Nil Dated: 16.12.2008 submitted to
the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority, (SEIAA), Tamil Nadu, for
Environmental Clearance. The proposal has been appraised by the State Level
Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) in its meetings held on 19-20th March, 2009 and
29-30th June, 2009 as per the prescribed procedure in the light of provisions under
the EIA Notification, 2006 on the basis of the mandatory documents enclosed with
the application Viz., the Application Form-I, REIA-EMP report and additional
It is noted, interalia that the project proposal, involves change of products,
located at Plot No. B2, SIPCOT Industrial Complex, Kudikadu village, Cuddalore
District. No ecologically sensitive area exists within 10 Km periphery of the project
site. The project does not involve any Rehabilitation & Resettlement. The cost of the
project is Rs. 12 Crores. The proposal involves manufacturing of the various new
products as follows using the machineries vide Annexure.
S.No Name of the Proposed Products
Qty (T / Month)
The power requirement shall be met from TNEB grid and with backup D.G sets of 2
Nos of 500 KVA (1 no. proposed in addition to the existing one).The water
requirement will be 71.6 KLD for the proposed change of products which will be met
through SIPCOT vide letter dt.9.4.09. Trade effluent of 56.52 KLD and domestic
effluent of 5.6 KLD will be generated during operation.
The process effluent from the plant will be sent to the Effluent treatment plant.
The treated effluent will be discharged into CUSECS line for Marine Disposal.
Domestic effluent will be disposed into septic tank and dispersion trench. The
hazardous solid waste viz sludge from ETP, discarded containers and barrels,
process organic residues, inorganic & evaporation salt waste and spent carbon will
be sent to the treatment, storage and disposal facility by M/s Tamilnadu Waste
Management Limited at Gummidipoondi. The Spent solvents will be sent to the
authorized recyclers of TNPCB/CPCB. Primary & secondary condensers for the
reactors, condensers to the tray / filter dryers & centrifuges, vent condensers,
product cooler & heat exchanger to the fluid bed dryer, blender and distillation
column are provided as APC measures to control the VOC emissions from the
process. Column steam stripper has been proposed before the equalization tank to
reduce the VOC emissions from the trade effluent stream. Mechanical cyclone with a
stack has been proposed for the 4 T/hr boiler.
The project activity is listed as 5 (f) and is of B1 Category project in the
Schedule of EIA Notification, 2006. Public Hearing/consultation is not required for the
project as it is located in a notified industrial estate at SIPCOT Industrial Complex,
Based on the information submitted by you, the SEAC after due
considerations of the relevant documents submitted by the Project Proponent have
recommended to the SEIAA, Tamil Nadu to grant the Environmental Clearance to
this project. The proposal was considered by the SEIAA, Tamil Nadu in its meeting
held on 11.09.2009 and as the public consultation is not required for the project, the
SEIAA hereby accords Environmental Clearance to the above project under the
provisions of EIA Notification dated 14th September, 2006 subject to the strict
compliance of the terms and conditions as follows:
SPECIFIC CONDITIONS - Environment Management Measures
The domestic effluent shall be disposed into septic tank and dispersion trench
The process effluent from the plant shall be treated in the ETP and the treated
effluent shall be discharged into the CUSECS line for Marine Disposal after
satisfying the standards prescribed by the Tamilnadu pollution Control Board.
A stack of adequate height shall be provided for control and dispersion of
pollutants from the boiler. SPM emission in the flue gas shall be less than 100
HCl, SO2, Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide emissions from the process vents
shall be scrubbed in water and Caustic lye solution scrubbers and dilute HCl
so formed shall be reused. SO2 shall be scrubbed in the scrubber using
Caustic lye solution and the scrubbing liquid shall be sent to ETP for
treatment. Scrubber efficiency shall be minimum 99%.
Levels of HC and VOC at various probable locations in the ambient air in and
around the plant shall be monitored through on line VOC monitors and the
Stringent odour control measures should be implemented to prevent totally
odour nuisance to the neighbourhood population and industrial units in a
The water requirement shall not exceed 71.60 KLD which shall be met from
Solid waste such as sludge from ETP, discarded containers and barrels,
process organic residues, inorganic & evaporation salt waste and spent
carbon shall be sent to TSDF, Gummidipoondi. The Spent solvents will be
sent to the authorized recyclers of TNPCB/CPCB. The handling and disposal
of hazardous waste should comply with TNPCB norms.
Spent solvents shall be recovered as far as possible & recovery shall not be
less than 98 percent. Solvent vapours emitted during purification process from
purification tanks as fugitive emissions shall be reduced as far as possible. All
venting equipment shall have vapour recovery system.
x. The proponent shall provide the APC measures as proposed operate and
maintain the same efficiently and continuously such that no public complaints
are received due to operation of the unit.
xi. The Proponent shall furnish an undertaking that they will abide by the conditions
/ recommendations mentioned in the EIA report furnished by them.
xii. 33 % of land shall be developed and maintained as Green Belt and selection of
plant species shall be as per CPCB Guidelines.
xiii. Proper safety and personal protective measures for the employees shall be
B. GENERAL CONDITIONS:
It is mandatory for the project proponent to furnish to the SEIAA, Half
yearly compliance report in hard and soft copies on 1st June and 1st
December of each calendar year in respect of the conditions stipulated in
The project authorities shall strictly adhere to the stipulations made by the
The Environmental Clearance does not relieve the applicant/proponent of
his obligation/requirement to obtain other statutory and administrative
clearance from other statutory and administrative authorities.
No further expansion or modifications in the plant shall be carried out
without prior approval of the SEIAA. In case of deviations or alterations in
the project proposal from those submitted for clearance, a fresh reference
shall be made to the SEIAA to assess the adequacy of conditions imposed
and to add additional environmental protection measures required, if any.
At no time, the emissions shall exceed the prescribed limits. In the event
of failure of any pollution control system adopted by the unit, the unit shall
be immediately put out of operation and shall not be restarted until the
The gaseous emissions (SO2, NOX, HCl, CO, CO2, VOC and HC) and
Particulate matter along with RSPM levels from various process units shall
conform to the standards prescribed by the concerned authorities from
time to time. At no time, the emission levels shall go beyond the stipulated
standards. In the event of failure of pollution control system(s) adopted by
the unit, the respective unit shall not be restarted until the control
measures are rectified to achieve the desired efficiency.
The locations of ambient air quality monitoring stations shall be decided in
consultation with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and it shall be
ensured that at least one station is installed in the up wind and another in
the downwind direction as well as where maximum ground level
Dedicated scrubbers and stacks of appropriate height as per the Central
Pollution Control Board guidelines shall be provided to control the
emissions from various vents. The scrubbed water shall be sent to ETP for
All the storage tanks will be under negative pressure to avoid any
leakages. Breather valves, N2 blanketing and secondary condensers with
Chilled Brine chilling system shall be provided for all the storage tanks to
minimize vapour losses. All liquid raw material shall be stored in storage
Tanks and Drums. Closed handling systems for chemicals and solvents
will be provided as committed. Magnetic seals will be provided for
pumps/agitators for reactors for reduction of fugitive emissions. Solvent
traps shall be installed wherever necessary. Reactor generating solvent
vapors will be connected to condensers with receivers.
All venting equipment shall have vapour recovery system. All the pumps
and other equipment`s where there is a likelihood of HC leakages shall be
provided with Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) system and LEL
indicators and Hydrocarbon detectors. Provision for immediate isolation of
such equipment, in case of a leakage will also be made. The company
shall provide a well defined Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR)
programme for quantification and control of fugitive emissions. The
detectors sensitivity will be in ppm levels.
The company shall undertake following Waste Minimization measures.
Metering and control of quantities of active ingredients to minimize waste. Reuse of by-products from the process as raw materials or as raw material
Use of automated filling to minimize spillage. Use of Closed Feed system into batch reactors. Venting equipment through vapour recovery system. Use of high pressure hoses for equipment cleaning to reduce wastewater
Fugitive emissions in the work zone environment, product and raw
materials storage area shall be regularly monitored. The emissions shall
conform to the limits imposed by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control
The project authorities shall strictly comply with the rules and guidelines
under Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules,
1989 as amended in October, 1994 and January, 2000 and Hazardous
Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989, as amended from time
to time. Authorization from the TNPCB shall be obtained for collection,
treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous wastes. All Transportation
of Hazardous Chemicals shall be as per the MVA, 1989.
The overall noise levels in and around the plant area shall be kept well
within the standards by providing noise control measures including
acoustic hoods, silencers, enclosures etc. on all sources of noise
generation. The ambient noise levels shall conform to the standards
prescribed under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 Rules, 1989 viz. 75
Occupational health surveillance of the workers shall be carried out on a
regular basis and records shall be maintained as per the Factories Act.
Training shall be imparted to all employees on safety and health aspects
of chemicals handling. Pre-employment and routine periodical medical
examinations for all employees shall be undertaken on regular basis.
Usage of PPEs by all employees/ workers shall be ensured.
xviii) The company shall strictly follow all the recommendations mentioned in
the Charter on Corporate Responsibility for Environmental Protection
The Company shall harvest surface as well as rainwater from the rooftops
of the buildings proposed in the expansion project and storm water drains
to recharge the ground water and use the same water for the various
activities of the project to conserve fresh water.
The project proponent shall also comply with all the environmental
protection measures and safeguards proposed in the EIA/EMP report. All
the recommendations made in respect of environmental management and
risk mitigation measures relating to the project shall be implemented.
The company shall undertake eco-developmental measures including
community welfare measures in the project area for the overall
A separate Environmental Management Cell equipped with full fledged
laboratory facilities shall be set up to carry out the Environmental
xxiii) The project proponent shall advertise in at least two local newspapers
widely circulated in the region, one of which shall be in the vernacular
The project has been accorded Environmental Clearance.
Copies of clearance letters are available with the Tamil Nadu Pollution
Environmental Clearance may also be seen on the website of the
The advertisement should be made within 7 days from the date of issue of the
clearance letter and a copy of the same shall be forwarded to the SEIAA.
xxiv) The project authorities shall inform the Regional Office as well as the
SEIAA, the date of financial closure and final approval of the project by the
concerned authorities and the date of start of the project.
xxv) The SEIAA may revoke or suspend the clearance, if implementation of any of
the above conditions is not satisfactory.
xxvi) The SEIAA reserves the right to stipulate additional conditions, if found
necessary. The company in a time bound manner will implement these
xxvii) The above conditions will be enforced, inter-alia under the provisions of
the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, Air (Prevention &
Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986,
Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2003 and the
Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991 along with their amendments and
xxviii) The project proponent shall also submit six monthly reports on the status
of compliance of the stipulated EC conditions including results of
monitored data (both in hard copies as well as by e-mail) to the Regional
Office of MoEF, Bengaluru, the Zonal Office of CPCB, Bengaluru and the
TNPCB. This shall also be put on the website of the Company by the
xxix) The Environmental Statement for each financial year ending 31st March in
Form-V which is mandated has to be submitted by the project proponent to
the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board as prescribed under the
Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, as amended subsequently and
shall also be put on the website of the company along with the status of
compliance of EC conditions and shall also be sent to the Regional Office
xxx) The proponent shall upload the status of compliance of the stipulated EC
conditions, including results of monitored data on their website and shall
update the same periodically. It shall simultaneously be sent to the
Regional Office of MoEF, Bengaluru, the respective Zonal Office of CPCB,
Bengaluru and the TNPCB. The criteria pollutant levels namely; SPM,
RSPM, SO2, NOx (ambient levels as well as stack emissions) or critical
sectoral parameters, indicated for the project shall be monitored and
displayed at a convenient location near the main gate of the company in
xxxi) A copy of the clearance letter shall be sent by the proponent to the
Commissioner, Cuddalore Panchayat Union, Cuddalore District and the
Local NGO, if any, from whom suggestions /representations, if any, were
received while processing the proposal. The clearance letter shall also be
put on the website of the Company by the proponent
The Secretary to Government, Environment & Forests Dept, Govt.of Tamil Nadu, Fort St.George, Chennai-9.
The Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, Parivesh Bhavan, CBD Cum-Office Complex, East Arjun Nagar, New Delhi 110032.
The Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, 76, Mount Salai, Guindy, Chennai-600 032.
The CCF, Regional Office, Ministry of Environment & Forest (SZ), Kendriya Sadan, IV floor, E&F wings, 17th Main Road, Koramangala II Block, Bangalore - 560034.
Monitoring Cell, I A Division, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex, New Delhi 110003.
6. The Chairman and Managing Director, SIPCOT, Chennai-600 008. 7. The Project Manager, SIPCOT Industrial Complex, Cuddalore. 8. The Commissioner, Cuddalore Panchayat Union, Cuddalore District. 9.
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