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5/3/2021 8:12:52 AM

44 companies face trade effluent fines

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44 companies face trade effluent fines

Bothwell Petro ~  ~ EMA 
At least 44 companies in Harare will be fined $1200 after failing to install pre-treatment facilities to treat industrial effluent at their premises.
At least 44 companies in Harare will be fined $1200 after failing to install pre-treatment facilities to treat industrial effluent at their premises. A monthly figure of $300 will be charged as a fine until the industries install pre-treatment facilities as required by the provisions of the Environmental Management Act (EMA) Chapter 20:27. The city’s environmental management unit has so far inspected 267 industrial and commercial properties that generate waste and 215 of these were found to have the requisite trade effluent pre-treatment facilities. At least 52 companies are operating without pre-treatment facilities and 44 of them have been forwarded to the Finance Department for initiation of the fining process. Last year, the city approved an annual trade effluent fee of equivalent to USD$500 to be charged to each industrial or commercial property generating trade effluent and discharging it directly or indirectly into the council sewerage system. A monthly penalty fee of equivalent to USD$300 was approved for those that operate without pre-treatment facilities and will be charged until the property installs the facility at its premises. Head, City Environment Unit Mr Lisben Chifunde said the programme is ongoing and more companies will be identified. “The exercise which commenced in June last year and which is currently ongoing has two major aims. “Identify all industrial and commercial properties in Harare generating trade effluent in order to effect the issuance of discharge licences to each property and identify those that are operating without the requisite pre-treatment facilities in order to charge each facility a monthly penalty fee,” he said. He said the program was affected by the Covid-19 induced lockdown and will be finalised soon. “Whilst the monthly penalty fee is already being implemented, the annual trade effluent discharge licence is yet to be effected as the implementation modalities are still to be finalised as they were affected by COVID-19,” he said.