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Zambia may penalize Konkola Copper Mine over acid emissions incident

Christian Fernsby |
Zambian government will penalize Konkola Copper Mine depending on the outcome of the investigations that have been launched to establish the cause of gassing of close to 300 people which also included KCM employees.

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Mr Richard Musukwa Minister of Mines and Mineral Development said that the government in conjunction with local environmental regulators has launched investigations into the incidence which left over 53 KCM employees and 232 pupils from Nchanga Trust School hospitalized on Friday.

H said If found wanting, KCM will be penalized.

There is need to conduct operations with care especially when handling such operations involving gas.”

KCM corporate general manager Mr Eugene Chungu regretted the incident which he said was caused by an electrical surge.

Mr Chungu said the incident that occurred at the Nchanga 500 TPD Sulphur Burning Plant was gas emission, which affected the plant area and surrounding community resulting in some members of the community being hospitalized.

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