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Steel factory in Rwanda Closed over Harmful Emissions

Steel News - Published on Tue, 13 Aug 2019

Image Source: New Times Rwanda
New Times Rwanda reported that Rwanda Environment Management Authority has shut down SteelRwa, a steel making factory for air pollution. Ms Coletha Ruhamya, REMA Director-General told Sunday Times that the Rwamagana-based plant was emitting harmful gases. Ms Ruhamya said the environmental protection body had warned the factory over pollution, but it did not heed the warning. She pointed out that when REMA made a spot check on Wednesday night, it found that the factory was emitting pollutants. She added that “We realised that when we inform [the factory managers] about our assessment visit they conceal the gases so we decided to visit them without notice.”

Ms Ruhamya said that “We endorse investments, but, we do not support investments that intoxicate Rwandans, or other people in general, leaving them suffering from diseases from toxic emissions.”

She said that the body tells investors to always make environmental impact assessment so that they take precautionary measures to mitigate such impact.

People dwelling in the locality of the factory have been complaining about the harmful gasses until they petitioned parliament. Emissions are harmful. People who dwell near the factory are exposed because they inhale them all the time.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Tue, 13 Aug 2019
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