Monday, July 28, 2008

Green Scorpions target cement manufacturers

South Africa's environmental management inspector unit, the Green Scorpions, has started the first of a series of compliance inspections at various cement manufacturing facilities across the country, the government said on Tuesday.

The unit started its blitz, which signaled the start of the ‘Clean Cement' campaign, with an inspection at the Lafarge cement plant, in the North West province on Monday. Over the coming week, PPC facilities in Limpopo, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and the Western Cape would also be inspected.

The Green scorpions would monitor compliance with all environmental legislations, authorisations and permits applicable to each site.

The campaign follows the multi-year national environmental compliance campaign in the iron and steel and ferroalloy industry, known as Operation Ferro.

"The cement industry has been prioritised in this new environmental compliance campaign because of the growing demand for its products. An increase in construction and development projects in the country and rapid expansions in the cement sector means that the industry may contribute significantly to pollution if not mitigated and managed properly," said Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism deputy DG for environmental quality and protection Joanne Yawitch.

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1 comment:

Ravi C at Dalmia Cement said...

A great initiative for to keep a check on the quality of the cement being manufactured. This would keep all the producers of cement on their toes. We at Dalmia Cement believe in the purest form of quality and our customers are the proof of it -