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VSSUT to assess fly ash disposal by thermal units

Sambalpur,07.11.2015:;A team of professors from Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) at Burla will conduct an impact assessment study of fly ash disposal at 10 thermal power plants in the state.The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has entrusted VSSUT to carry out the study.Fly ash is generated by thermal power plants and the bulk of it remains undisposed, leading to environmental hazards. The VSSUT team will give a report to the pollution board after assessing the impact of fly ash at the disposal sites.At present, around 100 million tonne of fly ash (generated by 40 thermal power plants of different capacities) has piled up. Fly ash contains at least 22 heavy metals of which 18 are cancerous leading to lungs, bone and other diseases.The team is headed by VSSUT assistant professor (civil engineering) C R Mohanty.”Our team has four professors. Currently, we are collecting inputs about the quantity of fly ash generated by the thermal power plants, size of disposal sites, quantity of fly ash being disposed of and location of the disposal site. The field visit will start within two weeks,” Mohanty told TOI.Broadly, the team will look into pollution of surface water, groundwater and air. “We will collect samples from the nearby water bodies, ambient air and soil,” he added.OSPCB senior environment scientist Dilip Kumar Behera said the board would take remedial measures based on the report of the VSSUT team. “We expect the report to give us a picture of whether present method of fly ash disposal is causing contamination of water. Accordingly, we will direct the industries to incorporate changes,” Behera said.In September, the pollution board prepared a detailed project report to set up a fly ash park at Angul. Officials of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), OSPCB and Angul district administration recently visited a fly ash park at Maharashtra to gather knowledge about it.
The fly ash park will facilitate disposal by converting it into road and building construction materials. The pollution board hopes to use around 10 lakh tonne of fly ash a year after the park becomes fully operationalVeer_Surendra_Sai_University_of_Technology_logo

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