India’s Supreme Court has fined Vedanta’s Sterlite subsidiary US$18.4 million for polluting water, soil, and air around its Tuticorin copper smelter in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, on 23 March 2013. However, as might have been foreseen, the Court overruled a lower court order that the plant be permanently shut, arguing it was an important source of employment, copper and revenue, and that Vedanta had recently taken steps to stem the pollution. But this isn’t an end to the matter.