By Tendai Guvamombe (Environmental Journalist)
The Environment Management Agency(EMA) on 10th August ordered an imminent closure of Lafarge Cement’s plant located in Harare due to emissions. The agency had sited environmental pollution and effects on public health.
EMA’s Spokesperson, Amkela Sidange notified in a media statement on Sunday.
“Environmental Management Agency(EMA) ordered Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe, a plant located in Harare , to cease operations at the kiln stack with immediate effect, until all necessary mitigation measures have been put in place to address the repeated discharge of emission above permissible levels from the plant.”
However, the Agency later engaged Lafarge to resume operations under strict adherence of measures enforced. This will see Lafarge Cement reporting its daily average emissions after every two weeks.
“Following rigorous engagements and considerations, the Agency has since made a variation to the order by allowing Lafarge Cement to resume kiln stack operations but under strict conditions. One of the conditions is Lafarge should submit to the Agency after every 14 days detailing the average concentration of dust emissions from the kiln following the commencement of the operations.
Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe’s operations affects residents of Mabvuku, Manresah among others.