India: Ranbaxy, DSM India, Max India & others accused of poisoning ground water with toxic waste

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Company response
4 January 2006

Response by Max India: Times of India article says pharmaceutical plants poison ground water in Punjab village. [Note: Max India response says it does not operate in Toansa & was mentioned erroneously in Times of India report

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Article
4 January 2006

[DOC] Response of Max India to concerns regarding alleged groundwater pollution by one of its facilities

Author: Max India

In the news report, Max India’s name is mentioned in Para-1 along with other Pharmaceutical Companies. However the 3rd Para clearly mentions that Govt. of India’s letters sent to Sarpanch of Toansa Village mentioned only 3 companies viz Ranbaxy, Montari and DSM and “Max India Limited” is NOT mentioned...This is further substantiated in the second news item dated 9th Dec. 05 in the Times of India, which does NOT mention Max India at all...We trust that the above clarification makes it obvious that Max India is NOT associated with ground water pollution in Toansa Village.”

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Article
3 January 2006

[PDF] [Photographs of Ranbaxy Toansa plant - water treatment facilities]

Author: Ranbaxy

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Article
2 January 2006

Ranbaxy’s Toansa Plant Receives National Awards For Excellence In Water Management [India]

Author: Ranbaxy

Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (RLL) announced today that the Company’s manufacturing plant at Toansa (Punjab, India) received the following 2 prestigious national awards for excellence in water management: National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2005 as an `Excellent Water Efficient Unit’; National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2005 as `Most Useful Presentation’

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Company response
28 December 2005

Response of Ranbaxy to concerns regarding impact on groundwater of facility in Toansa, Punjab, India

Author: Ranbaxy

...[The] Punjab Pollution Control Board is still in the process of conducting its study and it is therefore, premature to arrive at any conclusion...Ranbaxy’s manufacturing facility had an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) in place since its inception in 1986... There is a robust ‘performance monitoring’ system in place to ensure total compliance. Over the years, Ranbaxy has invested substantially in the protection of the environment through up-gradation of its Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) by incorporating the latest state-of-the-art effluent recycling system.

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Company response
21 December 2005

Response of DSM to concerns regarding pollution of groundwater near one of its facilities in India

Author: DSM

DSM took notice of the complaints about the water quality in certain villages in the Toansa area. Until now it is not yet confirmed if at all water is polluted, and if so, to what extent and who/what the possible polluting source is... DSM has taken several measures to reduce the use of solvents and to introduce environmentally-friendly, biotechnology-based production processes and build and operate a waste water treatment plant using the latest technologies. The current measures and regular ground water checks make DSM involvement in a possible pollution case unlikely.

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Article
6 December 2005

Pharma factories poison village water [India]

Author: Khushwant Singh, Times of India

Four major pharma factories Ranbaxy Laboratories, Montari Industries (now closed), Max India and DSM India and a paper mill in the area have poisoned ground water with their toxic wastes to such an extent that the department of water supply and sanitation in Nawanshahar has stamped its 200-odd handpumps with deadly looking red crosses. The glowing marks mean that water pouring out of the pumps is unfit for consumption.

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