Legal Story behind anti-Sterlite agitation in Tamil Nadu Updated : May 28, 2018 04:23 PM IST The crux of the problem lies with the Sterlite copper smelting plant of Vedanta group that is operating in Thoothukudi. People alleged that the company was causing severe pollution in the surrounding areas making them uninhabitable. The TNPCB recently also issued an order turning down Sterlite’s application to renew its Consent to Operate. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.