SAIL’s initiative to develop a state of the art PCB management facility

A noble step for elimination of Poly Chlorinated Bi-Phenyls

Bhilai, Jun 07: Bhilai Steel Plant is committed to protection of the environment & over the years has implemented several measures for the conservation of environment and natural resources. On this World Environment Day, it is apt to highlight one such initiative of BSP, currently being implemented for the welfare of the people to protect them from the toxic effects of wastes and also set a bench mark as a leader in adhering to the best practices of the world for Environment Protection.
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), also generally referred as Synthetic Transformer oils, are a class of synthetic organic chemicals used in many industries. These chemicals are categorized as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) under an international agreement called Stockholm Convention on managing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
The Stockholm Convention (SC) on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) recognizes that POPs including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), possess toxic properties, resist degradation, accumulate and are transported through air, water and migratory species, across international boundaries and deposited from their places, where they accumulate in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Exposure to PCBs is a major public health concern, in particular impacts upon women and through them, upon future generations.
India is a signatory to the Stockholm Convention on POPs and is committed to destroy PCBs. All sectors of the Indian economy which use PCBs for various purposes are required to honour the commitment of the Government of India under the Stockholm Convention. Improving and developing PCB disposal techniques (including environmentally sound collection, transportation, Safe storage, etc and establishing the relevant disposal capabilities are among the top priority activities of implementing the Convention. The National PCBs Disposal Implementation Plan being administrated through the MoEF& CC focuses on the reduction and elimination of PCBs in the industrial sector in India.
SAIL’s initiative to develop a state of the art PCB management facility – Understanding the country’s need for developing a state of the art facility for Management and disposal of PCB’s accumulated in the country, SAIL-BSP in partnership with MoEF & CC and UNIDO have initiated a project for setting-up of the above facility at BSP. The project is being partly funded through a grant from Global Environment Facility (GEF) through UNIDO.
SAIL has committed to co-finance the project by extending infrastructure facilities like provision of land, building, civil works, utilities and manpower etc. The implementation of the project for safe disposal of PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) in partnership with UNIDO& MoEF at Bhilai is nearing completion. This project is first of its kind in India for PCB destruction, which will help not only SAIL but also the entire Indian industry & Govt. of India in general in complying with Stockholm convention for prevention of POPs
The work of the project is nearing completion and is expected to be commissioned during 2020-21. The completion of the project will enhance the reputation of not only BSP but also that of the country as one of the very few countries in the world possessing the state of the art technology for disposal of PCBs. The facility will cater to the needs of the country, thereby enhancing SAIL-BSP’s reputation as company meeting the social & environmental aspirations of the people.

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