Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has allowed Chambishi Copper Smelter (CCS) Limited whose plant was shut down for pollution to reopen.
Several farmers in Chambishi area of Kalulushi district has complained to ZEMA that a variety of their crops had been damaged by acid rain caused by sulphur dioxide fumes suspected to have come from CCS Limited prompting the shutdown of the plant.
ZEMA Principal Information and Communication officer Irene Chipili tells QFM News in a statement that following the directive to the company, ZEMA inspections have revealed that Chambishi Copper Smelter Limited has put in place adequate rehabilitation and operational measures to reduce sulphur dioxide emission to the satisfactory standards.
Mrs Chipili says the company has also committed to improving operational modifications and install online monitoring for gaseous emissions.
She adds that the company has also put in place logistics for compensating affected farmers and is making consultations with Kalulushi Municipal Council and other government departments.
Mrs Chipili says ZEMA will continue monitoring Chambishi Copper Smelter Limited to ensure compliance to the Environmental Impact Assessment and other relevant legislation.