District Mail

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­presses its se­ri­ous stance on air pol­lu­tion

- Riebeeck Jan Van

PAARL – Two weeks ago res­i­dents no­ticed a dark cloud of what was be­lieved to be air pol­lu­tion hang­ing over Paarl.

One res­i­dent, who wished to re­main anony­mous, no­ticed a thick, dark plume of smoke com­ing from a chim­ney in the Huguenot area of Jan van Riebeeck Drive.

Ques­tions were asked of Drak­en­stein Mu­nic­i­pal­ity about whether it was aware of the cloud of smoke and, if so, what the cause of it was as well as the mea­sures in place to deal with air pol­lu­tion, Lau­ren War­ing, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor: Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity said it was aware of the prob­lem.

“The dark smoke emis­sions ob­served on the morn­ing of 21 July were from the steam boil­ers of Dis­tell Mo­nis in Paarl,” she ex­plained. “The en­gi­neer of the plant con­firmed it ex­pe­ri­enced a me­chan­i­cal fault in both its boil­ers, which re­sulted in the plume of dark smoke. One of them has since been re­paired and is op­er­a­tional. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity has con­ducted in­spec­tions, and has con­firmed no dark smoke is be­ing emit­ted.” War­ing said there is a sec­ond boiler cur­rently not in op­er­a­tion, which is ex­pected to be re­paired soon. “When the sec­ond boiler starts op­er­at­ing again, it is likely there will be some dark smoke emis­sions for a short while dur­ing start-up, un­til it is run­ning op­ti­mally.”

War­ing added that the Drak­en­stein Air Qual­ity Of­fi­cer had also made con­tact with an­other com­pany, Kilotreads, where burn­ing was also thought to take place. She pointed out no burn­ing oc­curs at its premises, as is as­sumed by the pub­lic, so no smoke comes from there. “The mu­nic­i­pal­ity will con­tinue to mon­i­tor emis­sions, and take en­force­ment ac­tion against any fa­cil­ity, where nec­es­sary.”

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