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THE Environmental Management Agency (EMA) Midlands has closed seven fuel service stations in Gweru for failing to comply with orders not to pollute the environment.

Affected service stations include Redan and Engen where there are no oil containment systems among other requirements. The environmental watchdog accuses the service stations of discharging toxic effluent in open spaces.

EMA provincial manager, Onesimo Bhasera, confirmed the closure of the service stations last Friday but pointed out that the blitz was not confined to filling stations alone but other polluters in the whole province.

“The closure is not particular to Redan or Engen but on all polluters who have failed to comply with a cabinet inter-ministerial committee on pollution,” Bhasera said.

He added: “Eleven service stations were served with orders on December 5 but only four including Dulys, Dollar Motors, Total and Trek, which already had its systems intact, are on the compliance side.”

Bhasera said the service stations had failed to set up oil separators and treatment plants.

Bhasera said there were 38 polluters identified in Gweru and among the chief culprits were garages which did not have pre-treatment facilities like oil interceptors.

He said some of the companies had complied while others were at aanced stages of completion.

“Gweru had 11 service stations, 23 garages, three food outlets and one tannery served with orders to comply with environmental regulations on pollution,” he said.

“Though others among them Bata, Dulys, Dairibord, Anchor Yeast and four service stations have complied others have yet to fulfil their obligations not to pollute the environment.”

Bhasera said some of the service stations have since appealed against the orders as provided under EMA Act.

He said the province was grappling with polluters in other parts of the province, with Kwekwe and Gokwe numbering about 100 while Shurugwi, Mberengwa and Zvishavane areas had 15.

Local authorities both urban and rural were also failing to manage their effluent discharge systems, he said.

Source : New Zimbabwe