South Africa Government sued over Eskom, Sasol air pollution by groundWork and the Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action

Posted on: Mon, 2019-06-10 - 23:30 By: admin

Government is being sued for failing to crack down on some of the world’s worst air pollution emitted by power plants operated by Eskom and refineries owned by Sasol.

The case was filed in the high court in Pretoria by groundWork, an environmental rights organisation, and the Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action, according to a statement sent by their lawyers, the Centre for Environmental Rights.

The so-called Highveld Priority Area, which includes much of Mpumalanga province and part of Gauteng, is the site of 12 coal-fired Eskom power plants, a Sasol oil refinery and coal-to-fuel plant owned by the company.

A Greenpeace study for the third quarter of 2018 showed that Mpumalanga had the worst nitrogen dioxide emissions from power plants of any area in the world. In 2016, the air pollution caused between 305 and 650 early deaths in the region, according to a study commissioned by the Centre for Environmental Rights and carried out by Andy Gray, an American atmospheric scientist.

That is pretty scary and unfortunately its the residents of the area who suffer, not even knowing what is causing asthma, respiratory diseases and deaths.

See #^https://techcentral.co.za/south-africa-sued-over-eskom-sasol-air-pollution/90152/

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#^South Africa sued over Eskom, Sasol air pollution - TechCentral

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Government is being sued for failing to crack down on some of the world’s worst air pollution emitted by power plants operated by Eskom and refineries owned by Sasol.

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