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Burning tyres: the murky oil business polluting India and parts of Asia

A report commissioned by Indian environmental rights group SAFE last year said at one site in Jokhabad, carbon fumes and sludge were so bad that monkeys in the surrounding area had black faces and fur

Reuters  |  PASIR GUDANG, Malaysia/JOKHABAD, India 

When local investigators scoured a riverbed in southern Malaysia for clues in a chemical dumping case that hospitalised over one thousand people earlier this year, they found a cocktail of toxins, including a colourless liquid commonly secreted when tyres are recycled. That led environment officials and police to a small firm called P Tech Resources involved in pyrolysis - a business of burning old tyres to make low-grade oil that industry sources say is also common elsewhere in Southeast Asia, China and India. Police have charged a lorry driver and all three of P Tech's ...

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First Published: Fri, May 31 2019. 09:48 IST