Kenya: Metal Refinery (EPZ) sued for environmental pollution allegedly causing illness & deaths
The Centre for Justice Governance and Environmental Action has supported locals impacted by the lead-smelting operations of Metal Refinery (EPZ) to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. The complainants allege diverse impacts including death of loved ones from lead poisoning and respiratory diseases.
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Author: Olel, Onyango, Ingutiah Advocates (Kenya)
"Lawsuit against Metal Refinery (EPZ)"
[Lawsuit by and on behalf of those adversely impacted by the alleged operations of Metal Refinery (EPZ) operations. It is alleged that some died due to lead poisoning while others suffer from respiratory diseases]
Author: Centre for Justice Governance and Environmental Action
In the year 2007, the Metal Refinery (EPZ) limited, begun its operations of recycling lead from old used lead-acid batteries at Owino Uhuru, an informal settlement on the outskirt of Mombasa town. Shortly after, complaints emerged from the community within the vicinity of the industry, that the company was poisoning the environment through its poor management of its liquid, solid and gaseous waste. The complaints were centered on the fact that the incidence of disease especially, respiratory diseases were tremendously increasing in the village since its operation. It took CJGEA 7 years of persistent lobbying and advocacy to get a government funded prevalence study done in the community...In 2016, CJGEA instituted a class action suit on behalf of the Owino Uhuru community...On 26th January 2017, our legal team defended our right to serve Metal Refinery EPZ LTD and Penguin Paper and Book Company by way of newspaper advertisement...Since 27th January, 2017, CJGEA members from Owino Uhuru have been receiving death threats after they have been accused of planning to evict the other community members from their land...