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India environmental tribunal allows Vedanta to restart key copper smelter

The facility has remained shut since May on Tamil Nadu state's order

In May, Vedanta was forced to permanently shut its Sterlite copper smelter in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu that produced 400,000 tons a year.   © Reuters

MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- An Indian environmental court allowed Vedanta to resume operations of its copper smelter in southern Tamil Nadu that had remained shut for more than six months following a state government order amid allegations of pollution."The National Green Tribunal has directed the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to pass fresh order of renewal of consent and restoration of electricity supply for our operation within three weeks from the date of the order," Vedanta said in a statement Saturday. The company will take the necessary steps to restart the operations as per the court's guidelines, it added.

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