May 2011


 New York, May  3 2011 12:05PM An insecticide widely used in agriculture for pest control has become the latest hazardous chemical to be added to the United Nations’ list of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) targeted for elimination from the global market by next year, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) <"">announced today.


Representatives from 127 governments meeting in Geneva from 25 to 29 April agreed to add endosulfan, an organochlorine insecticide, to the POPs list because it is known to cause reproductive and developmental damage in both animals and humans. The chemical is mainly used as a pest control agent in cotton, coffee and tea farms worldwide.


The decision on endosulfan was among more than 30 measures taken by Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants to boost global action against POPs.


The parties agreed to list endosulfan in Annex A to the convention, with specific exemptions. When the amendment to the annex enters into force in one year, endosulfan will become the 22nd POP to be listed. A party may extend the phase-out period of the pesticide by five years but only for a small number of uses.


Sea incursion threatens Thazhanguda

 Sea incursion threatens Thazhanguda



— Photo:C.Venkatachalapathy 
Thazhanguda residents fear damage from sea incursion, which is a serious problem here.


CUDDALORE: Residents of Thazhanguda near here have become apprehensive of sea incursion in this part of the Cuddalore district.

CRZ clearance deferred for new reactors at Kudankulam

 CRZ clearance deferred for new reactors at Kudankulam

B. Aravind Kumar

Chennai: The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has deferred the proposal for Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance to four new nuclear reactors at Kudankulam.

Raising five pertinent points during a discussion of the proposal at its 99th meeting in April, the Expert Appraisal Committee (for CRZ, infrastructure and miscellaneous projects) has asked the project proponent to submit more authorised studies, including a risk assessment and disaster management plan, considering the recent radiation disaster in Japan.

The new proposal involves setting up of four additional reactors in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) as Units 3 to 6 (each of 1000 MW) similar in design and to be located adjacent to the first two units, which are to be commissioned in a few months.

The plants were constructed under an inter-governmental agreement between India and Russia.

Noting that the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report contained data of the period prior to 2004, the committee asked for an updated report, including marine EIA.