National Environment Management Council (NEMC)’s Director General, Samuel Gwamaka said in Dar es Salaam yesterday after visiting the factories that since August last year, the council had ordered them to invest in an effluent treatment plant to treat waste water instead of discharging into the neighbourhood.
Gwamakasaid much as the government wants to encourage industrialization and job creation, environmental pollution will not be tolerated because it threatens lives of both people and other creatures.
“Basically we are supposed to suspend operations of this factory today but since they have shown us documents on importation of materials for building a new smoke emission controlling system, we allow them to continue,” Gwamaka charged while adding that as for waste water treatment, NEMC has issued an October deadline.
“But with that, we are imposing a penalty of 30m/- against the factory which should be paid in 14 days from today,” the NEMC DG added.
According to him, the iron bars and steel manufacturers have failed to abide by environmental regulations as agreed at their meeting in August last year where NEMC also ordered management to renovate infrastructures within the factories especially the sewage treatment plant.
He said NEMC inspectors made follow up visits to the factory in September 2020 and January this year and found out that management was yet to abide by the council’s directives.
“They told us that because of the Covid-19 outbreak, shipment of equipment from China had delayed but until now, the situation is the same which points to defiance,” Gwamaka noted.
Responding to the allegations, Iron and Steel Industries Limited’s Assistant Director, Laurence Manyama apologized for negligence and admitted that the sewage control system and emission plants need major repairs.
“We are going to make sure that all directives are observed before October as instructed by the council. In positioning ourselves to a safe direction, we will be updating the council with progress made through the course of work,” Manyama promised saying closing the factory will affect more than 164 directly employed locals.