Sunday, June 3, 2012

Scrap asbestos project in Bargarh, urges NRI prof SUNDAY, 03 JUNE 2012 23:12


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SUNDAY, 03 JUNE 2012 23:12
PNS | BHUBANESWAR
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Asbestos is one of the toxic and carcinogenic materials. In view of its proximity to cause harm, most of the countries are slowly phasing out. In developed nations these materials are already banned. Though these materials are still in use in some old buildings, slowly it is being replaced with new materials, pointed out a non-resident Odia expert.
It is very unfortunate that such a plant is being proposed and established in Bargarh region of Odisha, rued Prof Digambara Patra of the Department of Chemistry in American University of Beirut.
In a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the NRO professor has urged for the scrapping of the asbestos project in Bargarh.
The most misery for asbestos plant is for the workers who work in such plants. In a poor State like Odisha, once the materials are cheaply available, common people start using it without bothering about environment and health risk associated with it.
Therefore, care must be given not to popularise such toxic materials among poor population, a first step towards it will be to stop the production, he said.

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