Around 1,200 villagers are in 17 state-run shelters that can house up to 10,000 people, she added. VISAKHAPATNAM: A day after a panel found fault with the management of the South Korean firm LG Polymers for the gas leak from their plant … Hours after the styrene gas leak around 2.30 am on May 7 from the plant at the village, scores of people could be seen lying unconscious on sidewalks, near ditches and on the road, raising fears of a major industrial disaster. As evident from the incidents, chemical industries are the most vulnerable in this situation. The situation can become worse taking into account the grey practices regarding industrial safety. The PCB suspended R Lakshminarayana, who is presently the environmental engineer, Zonal office, Visakhaptnam, for allowing operations and expansion of LG Polymers without environment clearance, allowing import and storage of huge quantity of styrene without verifying safety and environmental issues and without real time constinuous styrene gas monitors in the place during his tenure as regional officer, Vizag. The long stagnancy of next six weeks made way for some chemical changes inside the storages causing auto-polymerisation. While industrial activities will restart slowly and gradually, we need to understand why these unfortunate events keep happening? Visakhapatnam gas leak accident: A preliminary modelling study Written by Sagar Dhara , 15th May 2020, 0 Comments At least 13 people have been killed and nearly 1000 others hospitalised following a massive leak of styrene gas from the LG Polymers plant in the city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. A LG Chem communications official told CNN that the plant's alarm only activates if it detects a leak of raw Styrene in liquid form, and "something in there reacted," which meant it "leaked in vapor form. Under Indian law, "booked" means that an official investigation has been launched to determine whether charges can be laid. In the case of Bhopal, water seeped into a storage tank of toxic liquid Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) that was stored in excess amount in Union Carbide India Limited’s pesticide plant. Cost cutting to maximize profit can be a dangerous decision when hazardous materials are involved. Delhi reports 6,224 new COVID-19 cases, total tally at 5,40,541, Ship grounded by Gaja to face Nivar wrath, Election is over: Joe Biden says after Donald Trump allows transition process, Roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan kills 14, including one traffic policeman, Covaxin shots reach Ahmedabad hospital for phase-three trials, GHMC polls: Raja Singh offers Asaduddin Owaisi pork biryani as BJP, AIMIM spar over dish, The Morning Standard | Dinamani | Kannada Prabha | Samakalika Malayalam | Indulgexpress | Edex Live | Cinema Express | Event Xpress, Contact Us | About Us | Careers | Privacy Policy | Search | Terms of Use | Advertise With Us, Home | Nation | World | Cities | Business | Columns | Entertainment | Sport | Magazine | The Sunday Standard, Two months after LG Polymers gas leak polluted Vizag reservoir, water finally released for use, LG Polymers gas leak: Panel blames company, PCB, Now we are on Telegram too. Most of the dead were driving or standing on terraces outside their homes when they lost consciousness and fell where they stood, according to Mekapati Goutham Reddy, the minister for Industries, Commerce, and Information Technology in Andhra Pradesh. (File). Reddy said an alarm should have been raised when the gas leaked. The COVID 19 crisis is threatening the whole world with the biggest depression since 1930s. After all, no amount of ease of doing business is more valuable than human life. dropdown.onchange = onSelectChange; A major gas leak happened in a plant near Visakhapatnam in LG Polymers chemical plant causing the death of at least 12 people and numerous cattle. Follow us for updates, Nivar to intensify into very severe cyclonic storm with gusts reaching 145 kmph: IMD, Choosing partner without religion bar is a right, says HC amid 'Love Jihad' debate, Eyeing a third term? One similar gas leak (in a paper mill in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh) and one boiler blast (Neyveli, Tamilnadu) followed. All these incidents happened in different places. But, there is a pattern. Auto-polymerisation is a chemical reaction that can happen when Styrene is stored for a long time in liquid form in stagnancy, which in this case it was. })(); The liquid material turned into overheated gas and escaped causing a huge loss of life. And how they can be stopped from recurring in future? The Neyveli Lignite Plant was working with a lower capacity in the lockdown with a skeleton crew. This definitely by passes the 2006 Environmental Impacts Assessment (EIA) rules. /*