14 January 2014

Kenya: Nema Bars Salt Firms From Expansion

The National Environmental Management Authority has banned salt firms in Magarini from carrying out any expansion activities. This follows complaints from residents that the companies are expanding into areas that will have a negative impact on the natural water resources existing in the area. Authorities have also ordered the firms to stop using fuel wood in processing salt as it will lead to the depletion of fruit trees.

Addressing a press conference at the Malindi deputy county commissioner's office on Sunday, Nema Director General Prof George Wahungu directed the companies to provide access points to the sea. He said the sea is an open resource that must be accessed by all.

Wahungu said the salt companies should promote use of bio fuel as an alternative source of clean energy. "All companies must stop the use of fuel wood with immediate effect until they agree on a phase out plan of fuel wood. They should introduce alternative sources of energy through the supervision of Nema and relevant lead agencies," Wahungu said.

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