NEMA shuts dirty petrol stations in Kilifi
SEE ALSO :Raw sewage sucks life from coast beaches“We are concentrating on the discharge of waste water whether hazardous or municipal waste with the aim of ensuring that we protect our territorial waters and marine waters for a safe and healthy environment and our target are petrol stations which discharge hazardous liquid wastes that negatively affect living things,” he added. Lopokoit added that the oil and petroleum substances contained chemicals known as bitex that are carcinogenic and dangerous to the health of living things. He said that the authority would be enforcing the waste management regulations and the water quality regulations so that in the next 100 days all the operators should have complied or face punitive penalties and their stations closed down. “We are targeting hazardous areas fast and petrol stations are required to have waste water treatment plants that should be monitored by NEMA at quarterly basis but most of them have not complied,” he added. In Mariakani alone he said that four of the ten petrol stations inspected had complied with the regulations and had the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) licence and the Effluence Discharge licence.
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