Hwange residents have petitioned the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) regarding the emission of hazardous substances in Ingagula township caused by the Hwange Power Station.
The petition, signed by Fidelis Chima, the coordinator of the Greater Hwange Residents Trust, has been specifically addressed to the EMA Hwange office.
The residents of Hwange are expressing their concerns and seeking intervention from the environmental regulatory body, as the hazardous emissions from the Hwange Power Station continue posing potential risks to the health of the community living in Ingagula township.
“We write to inquire if your office had been regularly monitoring and regulating the discharge or emission of pollutants or hazardous substances into Ingagula township from the power station in line with section 9 of the Environmental Management Act (2002) which provides for the establishment of the EMA), whose duties in accordance with the law are to formulate quality standards on air, water, soil, noise, vibration, radiation and waste Management and monitor and regulate discharge or emission of pollutants or hazardous substances into the environment,” partly reads the petition.
The residents requested that EMA provide them with the results of the air ambient tests.
“We also request that you furnish us with the results of the air ambient tests from your office,” the letter added.