Tuesday, May 29, 2007

'Green Scorpions' swoop on iron, steel, ferroalloy industries

By Nadia Samie
29 May 2007

Environmental Management Inspectors from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and the Gauteng Department of Agrigulture, Conservation and Environment will today conduct an environmental compliance inspection at Mittal Steel’s Vereeniging plant.

The “Green Scorpions”, as they are known, will check whether the steel company complies with environmental legislation at its Vaal Triangle plant.

The inspection kicks off an environmental campaign known as Operation Ferro. It aims to test compliance with environmental legislation in the iron, steel and ferroalloy industries, with regard to air, waste and water. These particular industries have been prioritised because their industrial processes can contribute significantly to pollution if not managed properly.

The Green Scorpions will visit about 40 sites in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North-West during the course of the year as part of the campaign.

Environmental Affairs and Tourism is currently reviewing all air pollution permits in these industries.

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