SteelRwa plant closed over pollution

On 9 August 2019 at 01:30

Rwanda Environment and Management Authority (REMA) has closed the operations of SteelRwa plant-based in Rwamagana district following an inspection that established the plant to be emitting gases polluting the air.

The inspection followed concerns raised by residents in the neighborhood of the plant accusing it of emitting gases putting their lives at risks.

An impromptu inspection was carried in the night of Wednesday and sent the letter ordering the plant to halt activities on Thursday.

Eng. Collette Ruhamya, the Director-General of REMA has told IGIHE that the plant was closed following an impromptu inspection.

“It is true that we closed the plant over failure to adhere to instituted environmental policies. Such a plant has to meet specific requirements to reduce emitted polluting gases among other garbage polluting the air,” she said.

“We know that such a plant has to set standards to comply with environmental regulations. The next alternative is closing it if compliance is recurrently failing,” added Eng. Ruhamya.

She explained that residents raised concerns for some time ago, whereby REMA sent warning letters but efforts remained futile. “Even parliamentarians summoned us to provide explanations over the mentioned case following residents’ complaints. It was followed by an impromptu inspection,” said Eng. Ruhamya.

She appealed on Rwandans to report other plants that might be breaching environment protection policies.

SteelRwa manufactures nails, stout bars among others.