GSPCB to inspect United Marine’s effluent plant at Cuncolim

The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) will on Tuesday inspect the functioning of the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP), of United Marine Products fish meal plant at Cuncolim from which obnoxious smell was allegedly emanating thus creating nuisance for locals.    

The decision was taken following a personal hearing of owner Seby D’Silva by board officials. The plant had been issued show cause notice for causing obnoxious smell and environment pollution in the vicinity.

GSPCB Chairman Jose Manuel Noronha said that company while putting across their defence claimed that the effluent generated during fish meal and fish oil production, is treated well with ETP. “They also informed us that the plant has valid consent to operate,” he said.

Noronha said that during the site inspection, the team will look into the functioning of ETP and if the effluent sample collected during the inspection, contain traces of unwanted elements then GSPCB will initiate stringent legal action including cancellation of Consent to Operate of the plant. He said that report will be ready by next week and accordingly the company official would be called for personal hearing again.

GSPCB had on April 20, 2012 granted consent to the plant but received several complaints from locals regarding obnoxious smell emanating in the vicinity due to plants operations. On conducting an inspection it was found that the effluent treatment plant (ETP) was not stabilized and was operated inefficiently.

Meanwhile, United Marine Products have told the Goa State Pollution Control Board on Monday that the company have strictly maintained all statutory norms and consent conditions to operate the Fish meal Plant at Cuncolim Industrial Estate.

On the other hand, the complaint Oscar Martins submitted to the Board to revoke the Consent granted to the fish meal plant citing various irregularities. After hearing the two parties, the Board will now pronounce its orders on the show cause notice issued to Ms United Marine Products, with GSPCB Member Secretary Levinson Martins saying the Board will examine the submissions before pronouncing its judgment.

“There is no cause of action exists against our unit since we strictly maintain all the statutory norms, consent conditions etc”, United Marine Products proprietor Seby Silva submitted before the Board, even as he requested for the withdrawal of the show cause notice without further delay.

Meanwhile, complainant Oscar Martins, who was represented by his legal counsel, called for the immediately revocation of the consent given to United Marine Products. He produced documents obtained under the RTI Act to prove that the sanctions were given in great haste and demanding revocation of the consent. [H]