UPL to submit written submission to SAHRC on claims it failed to comply with environmental regulations – SABC News
United Phosphorus South Africa Limited (UPL) has announced that it will submit a written submission to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after testifying that the company failed to comply with environmental regulations.
This is after dangerous chemicals polluted the air and waterways when the warehouse was set on fire during the unrest in July.
The commission heard testimony that communities, cultures and the environment have been affected.
The commission also learned that people living nearby had never been warned of the dangers of the spill, which would have had health consequences.
UPL spokesman Japhet Ncube said some of the testimonies were false, misleading and inaccurate.
âUPL was clearly not invited to provide evidence and therefore never had the opportunity to challenge some of the testimony of some of the actorsâ¦ respond in an appropriate forum. We want to express that no level of compliance would have prevented the spill which resulted from the unprecedented violence and the breakdown of the rule of law and order in the region. “
Last week, the commission heard testimony from a community leader at the informal settlement of Blackburn Village, who said community members were still struggling with health issues after the fire in the town. UPL warehouse.
Kwanele Msizazwe says neighboring communities were affected by air pollution when the wide variety of toxic chemicals in the warehouse caught fire.
Msizazwe said they did not receive any medical aid from the government or the UPL.
Meanwhile, Rajen Naidoo of Cornubia Fire’s civil society action groups says the UPL failed to comply with provincial and national environmental regulations when it built its warehouse in Cornubia, near Umhlanga.
The report below presents damning findings against UPL: