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City's management of industrial emissions in the spotlight after fish plant saga

The City of Cape Town insists that industrial activity is continuously monitored for health and safety control.

Technical aspects of how the City measures pollution and health hazards have come under scrutiny following clashes over the smells emitted at a Hout Bay fishmeal plant.

(Also read our article: Fawu objects to potential fish plant closure over Hout Bay stench)

Ian Gildenhuys, Head of Specialised Environmental Health Services at the City, says that Oceana Group’s fishmeal factory in Hout Bay has no emission restrictions imposed by law.

Authorities are certainly paying attention to the concerns of the residents. There have been a lot of complaints regarding the Oceana fish meal plant but there are no specific emission limits on the industry.

Ian Gildenhuys, City of Cape Town's Head of Specialised Environmental Health Services

According to Gildenhuys, animal matter processing facilities generally cause a lot of public outrage because of their malodourous nature.

He advises that the emission hot spots include the Chevron refinery, and industrial areas in Epping and Bellville South.

Industries need to list their activities in terms of the Air Quality Act. There are emission limits that are set in the regulation. They must prove compliance through tests and the City also has monitoring stations to check specific pollutants.

Ian Gildenhuys, City of Cape Town's Head of Specialised Environmental Health Services

Gildenhuys says the City, together with the Western Cape government, are conducting health risk assessments linked to air pollution across the province.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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