Landfill company Interwaste has been ordered to close its FG landfill site near the Midstream Estate in Gauteng within 10 days and to rehabilitate the area, Beeld reports. The Ministry of Environmental Affairs issued this directive after the JSE listed company challenged a similar directive from the Green Scorpions on 10 February.

Residents in the area have complained about harmful gasses from the site that have reportedly led to widespread health problems. In terms of the latest directive, Interwaste may only re-open the landfill site after the department and Green Scorpions are satisfied that it has met ‘all requirements’.

The company has also been told to appoint experts to investigate the health and pollution concerns. Acting Minister Derek Hanekom says in his directive that Interwaste had access to reports compiled by other experts and that he has no reason to believe the air pollution was not caused by Interwaste.

The company earlier denied any environmental law contraventions or wrong-doing. Interwaste says its lawyers are reviewing the directive.

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