Joint inspection report on gas leakage from Teva API, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, 11/08/2020

Joint inspection report of Teva API India Pvt. Ltd., Gajraula, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh as per the National Green Tribunal order of 18/06/2020 - carried out by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) on August 11, 2020.

Incidents of gas leak took place on June 7, 2020 and June 10, 2020 from Teva API. The unit is engaged in the production of bulk drugs and intermediates.

The report stated that the unit was found non-compliant with respect to discharge of untreated/partially treated effluent through storm water drain. The wastewater quality in storm water drain was having odour of chemical and significant amount of pollutants. The unit was unable to control the emission of HCI vapour on June 7, 2020 due to the non operational condition of wet scrubber attached to HCI tank and the incident of gas leakage took place.

Unit does not have a valid NOC from CGWA for abstraction of groundwater. Environmental compensation (EC) for illegal withdrawal of groundwater should be levied by the CGWA - the groundwater of the area is already deteriorated to over-exploited category. Further, record of all types of hazardous and other wastes generated and disposed was not maintained by the unit. 

Note: The report of August 11, 2020 was uploaded to the NGT site on February 10, 2021