Activists write to Andhra Pollution Control Board over Tummalapalle Uranium Mine
Activists in Andhra Pradesh wrote to the state's Pollution Control Board (PCB), accusing it of turning a blind eye towards alleged violations by the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) at its uranium mine and processing plant set up at Tummalapalle.
The locals alleged that the slush from the uranium mine in Tummalapalle enters farms and other water sources, and affects their livelihood. Several locals from the region, including those belonging to the villages of Mabbuchintalapalli, Bhumayagaripalli and Kanumalavaripalli, have staged protests against the mine in the past.
"Unfortunately, APPCB has remained a mute spectator all these years. It has not even dared to identify the source of contamination and conclusively determine the violations by UCIL. APPCB appears to have forgotten that its primary responsibility is to protect the environment and the people and not shield the polluters. UCIL has simply ignored the presence of APPCB as a regulator and has been going ahead with whatever they want to do," the activists said in their representation to PCB Member Secretary and IAS officer Vivek Yadav.
The activities who signed the letter to the Pollution Control Board include IICT scientist Dr Babu Rao, Professor M Adinarayana from Osmania University and several others including Dr K Venkat Reddy, Dr A V Rao, Dr M Bapuji, Dr C R Panda, Dr JM Mohanty and Dr A Srinivasa Rao.