Final UPL chemical spill report expected by September

Final UPL chemical spill report expected by September

The Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries says it's finalising a report on the implications of the release of chemicals from a Cornubia warehouse.

UPL Chemical Plant in Cornubia burning factory Durban SA Unrest
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The warehouse was gutted by a fire in July during the looting and unrest in the province.

It's hoping to complete its probe into the UPL spill at the end of next month.

Hundreds of crop solution products went up in flames, when looters torched the pesticides warehouse during the unrest.

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It burned for days triggering massive health and environmental concerns.

Toxic chemicals spilled into the sea leading to a large fish kill.

Minister Barbara Creecy's said in a statement that their multi-departmental team has almost finalised its investigations.

"The multi-departmental investigative team which was set up to address the third priority has almost finalised a preliminary report which sets out the findings of the investigation, specifically into the regulatory environment in which the UPL warehouse was required to operate."

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She says the probe included aspects related to environmental law, requirements for major hazard installations and licensing requirements.

Creecy says the report will serve as a guide on the actions that government should take to address any non-compliance issues.

"The report will guide further actions that need to be taken by government to address any non-compliances detected, but also to implement proactive measures to strengthen the regulation of this sector."

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