The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) says last week’s accidental release of Sulphur Dioxide by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in Chingola did not have serious implications on the environment.
ZEMA Spokesperson Irene Chipili says this is because the accidental release of the hazardous gas was only for a short period of time when the mine experienced a power outage.
Ms. Chipili has told Qfm News in a telephone interview that within the same three hours the mine encountered a power outage, it shut down part of its operations leaving only essential facilities and further managed to source back up power from Copperbelt Energy to carry on with its operations.
Ms. Chipili explains that this is also according to ZEMA and KCM’s reports over what transpired the day that there was the accidental release of Sulphur dioxide in the air in Chingola after a national wide power outage.
And Ms. Chipili has reaffirmed ZEMA’s resolve to continue monitoring industries and facilities in line with the recently introduced Statutory Instrument (SI) 112 aimed at licensing operations of all industries for different kinds of operations which include emissions and hazardous waste disposal.