Report shows UPL was operating without environmental licences

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Beaches along Durban's North Coast have been closed since July.
Beaches along Durban's North Coast have been closed since July.

The infamous United Phosphorus Limited (UPL) chemical warehouse in Cornubia, northern Durban, was operating without multiple environmental licences at the time of the catastrophic July fire.

This was one of the findings in a preliminary investigative report into compliance issues at the warehouse, which was released by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DEFF), Barbara Creecy yesterday.

The UPL warehouse was torched in July during the civil unrest that took hold of Kwazulu-Natal. A cocktail of hazardous chemicals from the warehouse subsequently flowed into the nearby rivers and beaches, resulting in large-scale deaths of marine life.

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