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Eastern Refinery Ltd fined Tk76 lakh for polluting Karnaphuli

  • Published at 12:37 am February 28th, 2020
Karnaphuli River
File photo of wastes in Karnaphuli River Collected

Mohammad Nurullah Noori, director of DoE (Chittagong Metropolitan), slapped the fine on Thursday

The Department of Environment (DoE) has fined Easter Refinery Ltd, the lone state-owned petroleum refinery, Tk76 lakh for polluting the Karnaphuli River through releasing liquid waste beyond the acceptable limit.

Mohammad Nurullah Noori, director of DoE (Chittagong Metropolitan), slapped the fine after a hearing held at his office in the city on Thursday.

The DoE director also asked the factory authorities to stop polluting the river through releasing untreated liquid waste.

Pradip Kumar Chowdhury, manager (inspection), Md Kamruzzaman, manager (TS), and Nazim Ahmed, assistant general manager (installation) of Eastern Refinery Ltd were present during the hearing.

On February 19, the DoE summoned the factory officials to attend the hearing for violating the environmental rules.

On January 9, a team led by the DoE director inspected the refinery and found a drain on the east side of the oil-water separator for releasing liquid waste.

The inspection team found a huge quantity of oil waste in the drain beside the oil-water separator which might flow into the Karnaphuli River following a brief precipitation. 

The DoE team collected samples from the oil-water separator outlet and analyzed those in its laboratory.

The laboratory tests revealed that BOD (Biological Oxygen Demand) was 44 milligram/litre against the acceptable limit of 30 milligram/litre. Oil grease was 42 milligram/litre against the acceptable limit of 10 milligram/litre.

Earlier, the samples were collected from the factory on May 3 in 2018, October 31 in 2018, December 11 in 2018, April 3 in 2019, August 6 in 2019, and September 8 in 2019. After testing the samples in the DoE laboratory, it was found that the samples were beyond the parameters set by the Environment Conservation Rules, 1997.