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Ministry Of Environment Works With Cement Companies, Residents To Ensure Approval Conditions Are Met

There have been resurgent reports indicating clinker emission in the airspace in Lami.
14 Jun 2021 11:40
Ministry Of Environment Works With Cement Companies, Residents To Ensure Approval Conditions Are Met
Ministry of Environment Permanent Secretary Joshua Wycliffe

There have been resurgent reports indicating clinker emission in the airspace in Lami.

The Department of Environment has been in touch with the cement companies clearly instructing them that they will need to abide by the conditions set in their permit (including any special requirements, Stop Work/Prohibition Notices in place) and any other COVID related operational requirements set by other Government agencies.

A key condition set in the approval conditions was for the companies to call for an EMC meeting (monthly) with the residents.

This may not have occurred due to the existing COVID restrictions in place.

The Permanent Secretary Joshua Wycliffe confirmed that he is considering legal options and advice available to him in this regard.

He has asked for the companies to meet with the residents through virtual means and keep regular contact with the residents, so their concerns do not fail to get attention during these (otherwise) challenging times.

The Permanent Secretary also confirmed that he has been in touch with the residents providing updates on the steps taken to recently. “I have personally been in touch with
the residents’ representative at least twice this week, to keep her informed on the progress made by the Department and the steps to be undertaken”.

“The Department is doing well in coordinating its regulatory responses with the Companies – all the while taking into account the legal requirements the Department is accountable to and of course taking due consideration and care to meet all existing COVID movement requirements” he added.

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