Local asphalt plant spends R2 million on dust-buster

2008-09-09 00:00

A R2 million investment by an asphalt manufacturing company is set to reduce the level of air pollution at its plant in Copesville.

Much Asphalt, a subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, has installed a state-of-the-art dust extraction unit in order to minimise the level of air pollution at the plant, according to Duduzile Kubheka, branch manager at the plant.

She said asphalt manufacturing produces high levels of dust, and in the past a high percentage of this dust was released into the air.

Quality assurance manager at Much Asphalt, Raj Rajcoomar, said it has taken about six months to install the new unit

The unit is said to be a vast improvement over the old system.

It is understood that the municipality identified emissions from the plant to be in contravention of the air pollution laws.

“The municipality can categorically state that since the installation of the new mitigation measures, emissions from the plant have drastically improved,” noted Msunduzi Municipality air quality officer, Clive Anthony, at the launch.

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