Indian regulators close operations after toxic froth in river

Nov. 17, 2020

Regulators in India recently announced corrective action in response to a toxic froth seen in a Delhi river earlier this month.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee conducted inspections on Nov. 11 and 12 of industries near the Yamuna River. Images from social media and news agencies show the substance blanketing the waterway on Nov. 12.

The committee found that a dyeing and washing operation as well as a car service station and showroom were operating without proper effluent treatment permits. Those two units were ordered sealed.

The committee also issued directions for closure to 15 other sites for operating without effluent treatment plants.

Majority of the detergents in the country don’t have a certification by International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which has capped the concentration of phosphates in the chemical substance, an official of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) told news media there.

The froth incident comes as the city is dealing with spikes in COVID cases and ongoing air pollution.