ROURKELA: Amid continuing environmental fear, the Sundargarh administration is waiting for the lab test report to ascertain if the water of the river Brahmani was polluted due to accidental release

A series of eruptions at an Indonesian volcano threw rocks, lava and ash hundreds of metres into the air and forced thousands of people to flee, officials said yesterday.

Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island burst into life late Thursday and continued to spew ash and searing gas into the air well into the morning, prompting more than 4,400 residents to head to safety.

Hundreds of people fled their

Two other 500-MW units have already been shut in state
The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is planning to shut down two more units of 500 MW each in Orissa.

TALCHER: The NTPC authorities at Kaniha have shut down one of the four 500 MW units of the 3000 MW power plant following a closure notice by the Orissa State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB).

The board, on June 28, had ordered for closure of NTPC

The impact of thermal power plant emissions on foliar elemental concentration was assessed in this study. In addition to direct effects of deposition of air pollutants, soil mediated processes can also bring deterioration in plant growth due to altered soil characteristics.

Natural radioactivity due to the presence of 40K, 238U and 232Th was measured in fly ash samples collected from economizer, aerator and electrostatic precipitator (EP) of the Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS) using a NaI (Tl)-based gamma ray spectrometer. The study indicates an elevated concentration of these radionuclides, especially in the finer ash samples from EP, which may provide an exposure pathway through inhalation of airborne ashes and could probably cause severe environmental and human health problems.

The Odisha government on Saturday decided to close down the sponge iron plants failing to install electro-static precipitators (ESP) to stop pollution by end of June, said forest and environment minister Debi Prasad Mishra.
He said of the 107 sponge iron plants in the state, so far thirty percent of the units are creating pollution and have failed to replace their existing gas cleaning plants to

Ash from an erupting Icelandic volcano could reach northern Scotland by Tuesday and parts of Britain, France and Spain by Thursday or Friday if the eruption continues at the same intensity, airlines were warned Sunday.

The warning is based on the latest 5-day weather forecasts, but is being treated cautiously because of uncertainties over the way the volcano will behave and interact with the we

Bioremediation is an invaluable tool box for wider application in the realm of environmental protection. Bioremediation approach is currently applied
to contain contaminants in soil, groundwater, surface water, and sediments including air. These technologies have become attractive alternatives to

BHUBANESWAR: If all the power plants proposed in Orissa materialise, the huge capacity addition in energy generation would have brought about a bigger problem of ash.

With the State leaving no power generation option unexplored, it could well find itself in a tricky situation.