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Hearing on Sterlite copper smelter deferred until Friday
April 9, 2013 / 7:08 AM / 5 years ago

Hearing on Sterlite copper smelter deferred until Friday

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A fast-track environmental court has adjourned until Friday a hearing into the closure of India’s largest copper smelter, run by Sterlite Industries Ltd STRL.NS, a lawyer said on Tuesday.

A view shows the backyard of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant in Tuticorin, in Tamil Nadu April 7, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

State authorities ordered the closure of the plant, which produces more than 300,000 tonnes of the metal a year on March 29 after nearby residents complained about emissions.

Sterlite, a unit of London-listed resources conglomerate Vedanta Resources Plc (VED.L), has said the plant’s emissions fell within agreed limits.

It declared force majeure on copper sales and concentrate purchases on April 3. Force majeure is a contract clause that allows a company to miss shipments in circumstances beyond its control.

(To read -- Sterlite Industries' copper smelter ignites toxic debate, click here)

Reporting by Siddesh Mayenkar

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