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August , 2014
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Industrial waste affecting groundwater, health of residents, finds NGO study

Source: Indian Express, Date: August , 2014

Industrial pollution, in varying forms ranging from lead acid battery recycling to landfill sites, has been affecting Delhi’s residents in adverse ways, as noted by a study of pollution hotspots by NGO Toxics Link.

The most worrying aspect, the study notes, is the manner in which such pollutants seep into the soil, lacing groundwater with heavy metals and other pollutants. Pollution-generating industries, examined in the study — such as lead acid battery recycling, landfill sites, dyeing industries operating without effluent treatment plants, thermal power plants — were all found to have an adverse impact on ground water. For instance, the study notes that during recycling of lead acid battery in Prem Nagar, “the acid was haphazardly dumped on the ground in a waste pile or into the nearest water body,” leading to chances of percolation of lead oxide into ground water.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/industrial-waste-affecting-groundwater-health-of-residents-finds-ngo-study/

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