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Steps to dispose of endosulfan stock

Source: The Hindu, Date: , 2014

After four years of indecisiveness, the State government has begun efforts to safely dispose of 314 litres of banned endosulfan pesticide that has been stored in corroded barrels at a godown of the Plantation Corporation of Kerala (PCK) at Mannarkkad. Nicknamed Operation Blossoms Spring, the process to transfer the corroded barrels into heavy-duty polythene drums will be held on October 12. Mohammed Asheel, assistant nodal officer of Endosulphan Victims Rehabilitation Cell, has said the polythene drums would prevent the chemical from leaking and spelling doom in the region. The drums would be handed over to qualified international agencies for detoxification and disposal by December 12. The district administration would soon invite tenders for this. The selected agency would take the drums out of the locality to safer areas outside the State for disposal.

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