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Mozambique: Cement Company Tries to Explain Pollution

Protests against the pollution from the [Cimentos de Mocambique (part of Cimpor)] factory caused by the dust have been made by Matola residents and other nearby factories, including the country's largest food processor, the Companhia Industrial de Matola (CIM), for years. Finally...the cement company produced an explanation. Jose Machado, representing the company, claimed that the electro-filters that should prevent the dust from entering the atmosphere have been damaged by oscillations in the electrical current..."We want to hold back all that dust...but due to the constant oscillations in current, the electro-filters don't last very long. This obliges the company to import spare parts and this has not been a very easy exercise". Machado's explanation does not convince environmental activists, who told AIM they believed that the factory should only operate when its filters are functioning properly, and should cease production at other times. They also wanted a more profound analysis of the damage caused by the pollution spewing out of the factory. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Cimpor to respond to the article, but Cimpor declined to respond]