SA Company Fined For Spilling Acid

A Stonetrading truck carrying 30 tonnes of 98 ‘per cent’ sulphuric acid spilt four tonnes of the acid while it was on its way to Rio Zim in Kadoma.

Provincial Environmental quality scientist, Justice Muchemwa said sulphiric acid was very corrosive and dangerous when inhaled by human beings.

He said that the driver of the truck only realised there was a spillage at a traffic circle near Gweru Central Business District.

“Much of the substance spilled at National Tyre Services,” he said.

The company was fined under a section of the Act which states that “any person who causes any spillage of harzadous substances or waste into the environment should be guilty to an offence liable to a fine”.

Meanwhile, EMA is also fined several Gweru plot owners US$50 each who had not safeguarded their premises against veld fires.