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Metal refinery ordered to close [Kenya]

Author: Mazera Ndurya, Daily Nation [Kenya], Published on: 18 June 2008

The Municipal Council of Mombasa has ordered...Metal Refinery EPZ to cease operations after failing to take measures to safeguard public health and the environment...[C]omplaints were received from residents about smelters spewing lead particles into the air and open surface water drainage...About 500 residents of Ashton village in Jomvu complained of deteriorating health following the opening of a battery manufacturing factory in the neighbourhood..."Several primary school children have been experiencing persistent coughs while some residents have been having problems with their eyesight and experiencing general body weakness" [chairman of the council’s Public Health Committee, Dr Jamada Swaleh Chidagaya] said.

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