Amnesty International has urged the Indian authorities to order the immediate clean-up of an alumina refinery in the state of Orissa, following a high court decision to reject plans for its expansion by a subsidiary of the UK-based Vedanta Resources. The High Court of Orissa on Tuesday upheld the Indian government’s decision made in August 2010, to reject Vedanta Aluminium’s plans for the six-fold expansion of the Lanjigarh refinery, finding that the project violated the country‚Äôs environmental laws.
Vedanta Aluminium challenged the Ministry of Environment and Forest’s decision in the high court on November 2010.
See http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/orissa-high-court-rejects-vedanta-refinery-expansion-2011-07-19.
See also: Court rejects Vedanta plea for alumina refinery expansion, http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=108901.