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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Media Release on Asbestos by Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests

ASBESTOS FACTORIES

The National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH),Ahmedabad has been entrusted with a study on environmental and health impacts of the usages of Chrysotile Asbestos with an objective to find out the concentration of asbestos fibres in the work zone and to assess the health status of the workers and the residents in the vicinity of the industry. The study is in progress in major Asbestos based products manufacturing units located in Kolkata, Silvasa, Vapi and Hyderabad.

Out of a total of Rs. 59.66 lacs allocated for the study by Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, the Asbestos Cement Products Manufactures Association has contributed Rs. 16 lacs.

Since the NIOH study is still under progress, no report was presented before the Chemical Review Committee of Rotterdam Convention held at Geneva during March, 10-13,2008.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests Shri Namo Narain Meena, in a written reply to a question by Shri B.K. Hariprasad in the Rajya Sabha today.

Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament)

March 20, 2008

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